Housing discrimination, including residential racial segregation, is of growing interest as an upstream influence on cancer disparities. However, there are a number of measures available at various spatial scales, and decisions must be made along the way when choosing how to include these constructs in empirical research. In this presentation, we will discuss how these decisions are made, including: (1) how do you choose a measure of housing discrimination? (2) how do you choose a spatial scale (e.g., metropolitan area, tract, ZIP code)? (3) how do you select a study design? (4) where do you get the data? (5) how might these choices be informed by a conceptual model? and (6) how do you interpret findings? We will draw upon the Breast Cancer, Race and Place study, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to illustrate these decisions and share recent findings from this ongoing project.

Citation Format: Kirsten M. M. Beyer. Housing discrimination and cancer disparities research: How are key decisions made? [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the Twelfth AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved; 2019 Sep 20-23; San Francisco, CA. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2020;29(6 Suppl_2):Abstract nr IA23.