Physical Activity Intervention with African American Colorectal Cancer Survivors

Physical activity intervention co-created and pilot tested with African American Colorectal Cancer Survivors

Principal InvestigatorRachel Hirschey, PhD, RN, FAAN
Funded by: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities 

African American cancer survivors have been historically marginalized in the healthcare space, which has long resulted in disparities in health outcomes for these communities. This project aims to reduce those disparities by creating interventions that are specifically targeted for minority communities. The effort is especially unique because a group of African American colorectal cancer survivors will be not just participating in the study but also co-creating educational videos targeted at members of their own communities. These intervention materials will encourage physical activity and promote knowledge of the benefits of exercise for cancer survivors.

Dr. Hirschey and her team will study the effectiveness of the intervention using a randomized repeated measures trial. The intervention may have a variety of effects, including increased enjoyment of physical activity, lessened physical symptoms, and changes in inflammation biomarkers. This study is funded through 2026.