Moving toward paradigm-shifting research in health disparities through translational, transformational, and transdisciplinary approaches

Irene Dankwa-Mullan, Kyu B. Rhee, David M. Stoff, Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus, Francisco S. Sy, Nathaniel Stinson, John Ruffin

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Translational, transdisciplinary, and transformational research stands to become a paradigm-shifting mantra for research in health disparities. A windfall of research discoveries using these 3 approaches has increased our understanding of the health disparities in racial, ethnic, and low socioeconomic status groups. These distinct but related research spheres possess unique environments, which, when integrated, can lead to innovation in health disparities science. In this article, we review these approaches and propose integrating them to advance health disparities research through a change in philosophical position and an increased emphasis on community engagement. We argue that a balanced combination of these research approaches is needed to inform evidencebased practice, social action, and effective policy change to improve health in disparity communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S19-S24
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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