Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Geography and Geosciences

Degree Program

Geography (Applied), MS

Committee Chair

Hanchette, Carol

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Walker, Margath

Committee Member

Walker, Margath

Committee Member

Barber, Gerard

Author's Keywords

FIT; colorectal cancer screening; HOPE VI; public housing; African American; public health


Using pre-post survey data collected from 209 randomly selected African American people from the population of former residents of Clarksdale and Sheppard Square public housing areas, this study explores the relationship between individual characteristics and colorectal cancer screening behavior, measured by the uptake of the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) and by prior colorectal screening, while controlling for neighborhood factors and geographic proximity to healthcare facilities. This particular public housing population is of interest because of their relocation from the downtown area, where healthcare facilities are within walking distances, to other public housing units either in large apartment complexes or scattered throughout the county, or to units on the rental market. The framework used for this study is the Andersen’s Healthcare Services Utilization Model, where variables are measured at individual and at census tract level. Analyses include descriptive and multivariate statistical techniques. Data are presented in tables, graphs, and choropleth maps.