Meditation and mindfulness are current buzz words and there has been evidence-based research for their relevance and efficacy in alleviating distress amongst cancer patients/survivors and their families. My questions are around how to create culturally sensitive mindfulness/meditation/prayer interventions for certain vulnerable populations who lives intersect with the realities of race, class/economic status and rural/urban status that create barriers to well-being on the spectrum of a cancer experience. The barriers that are created are real. How do these (additional component of stress/distress) contribute to distress as defined by NCCN guidelines? What does this distress look like when compounded with these multiple (often simultaneously interacting) realities and how can meditation/mindfulness/prayer address these challenges? As a nontraditional researcher, I am interested in how to create collaborative interventions that center answers in the synergistic spaces of dialogue (call and response) between research communities and local communities and multidirectional dialogue. It requires cooperation, dialogue and a nuanced cognition which centers well-being.

Citation Format: W. Erika Nalls. [Advocate Abstract] Health equity through meditation interventions [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the Eleventh AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved; 2018 Nov 2-5; New Orleans, LA. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2020;29(6 Suppl):Abstract nr C119.