Addressing social determinants of health through community-based participatory research: the East Side Village Health Worker Partnership

Health Educ Behav. 2002 Jun;29(3):326-41. doi: 10.1177/109019810202900305.


The authors describe the use of a stress process model by the East Side Village Health Worker Partnership (ESVHWP), a project of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center, as a framework for understanding social determinants of health. Specifically, the authors describe the development by the ESVHWP Steering Committee of a context-specific stress process model for east side Detroit residents. The authors examine data from in-depth interviews to illuminate actions taken by community members to reduce stressors or minimize their impact on health. Finally, the authors describe the use of this context-specific stress process model and data gathered regarding actions to address community stressors to inform the development of interventions by the ESVHWP to reduce stressors or strengthen the conditioning factors that reduce the impact of stress on health. On the basis of these results, the authors discuss opportunities and challenges for partnership approaches to addressing social determinants of health in urban communities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Community Participation*
  • Female
  • Health Planning / methods*
  • Health Planning / organization & administration
  • Health Services Research / organization & administration
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Michigan
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Psychological
  • Psychosocial Deprivation*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Stress, Psychological / physiopathology
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology
  • Urban Health*