The Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB) Study Section reviews applications concerned with how community-level factors prevent or moderate health risks and behaviors. Community is defined in a variety of ways including geographically, by social unit or practices, virtual spaces, and group affiliations. Research approaches may include community based participatory research, mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative analyses), ethnographic studies, policy and document analysis, and other non-interventional study designs.
The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.
The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.
- Use of community-based methods to study influences on health behaviors and health outcomes.
- Effects of neighborhood and community-level geographic and environmental factors on health behaviors and health outcomes.
- Effects of local, county and state level policies, retail outlets, marketing, and media strategies on health behaviors and health outcomes.
- Effects of community-level social and cultural factors on health behaviors and health outcomes (such as social class, disparities, discrimination, etc.), particularly those using community-oriented methods
- Effects of social and institutional structures (such as networks, community-based organizations, etc.) on health behaviors and health outcomes at the community level.
Shared Interests and Overlaps
CIHB and Health Promotion in Communities (HPC) have shared interests in health status in the community setting. Applications that emphasize community-oriented approaches or interventions to mitigate risk behavior and/or prevent onset of disease in the general population are reviewed in HPC. Applications that emphasize community-level social, cultural, and environmental risk factors and processes and their relationships with a range of outcomes using non-interventional research designs are reviewed in CIHB.
CIHB and Clinical Management in General Care Settings (CMGC) have shared interests in health status in community settings. Applications that emphasize the clinical management and support of individuals and families coping with one or more pathological or comorbid conditions in general care settings (including ambulatory, community health care, or home-based settings) are reviewed in in CMGC. Applications that emphasize behavioral outcomes related to social, cultural, environmental, and other community-level factors are reviewed in CIHB.
CIHB and Healthcare and Health Disparities (HHD) have shared interests in health disparities and health outcomes. Applications that emphasize interventions and/or focus on the mechanisms and processes underlying health disparities in healthcare settings are reviewed in HHD. Applications that emphasize outcomes in minority populations where the focus of study is the community’s health or community-level environmental risks rather than a study of the systemic underpinnings of disparity are reviewed in CIHB.
CIHB and Social Sciences and Population Services (SSPA & SSPB) study sections have shared interests in social and contextual influences on health. Applications focusing on population-level data, using large observational studies, or where contextual factors are being examined to understand broader social processes, outcomes, or policies are typically assigned to SSPA/SSPB. Applications focusing on community-level data or community-based methods are typically assigned to CIHB.
CIHB and Addiction Risks and Mechanisms (ARM) study section have shared interests in addiction risk prevention. Applications considering community-level factors and outcomes are reviewed in CIHB, and those dealing with nature and etiology of addiction and substance use or treatment outcomes at the individual level are reviewed in ARM.
CIHB and the Social Psychology, Personality and Interpersonal Processes (SPIP) study section have shared interests in the social network effects on health. Applications focusing on individual level risk factors, outcomes and perceptions of social networks that do not utilize community based methods are reviewed in SPIP; applications focused on the community level risk factors, outcomes and social networks as macro-level influences on health are reviewed in CIHB.
SEIR and CIHB have shared interests in policy, document analysis, and the effects of social factors on decision-making and health behavior and outcomes. Applications that focus on ethical, legal, and social issues and their implications on human subjects research and clinical decision-making are reviewed in SEIR. Applications that focus on the effects of community-level social, cultural, and environmental factors to prevent or moderate health risks and behaviors are reviewed in CIHB.