Feb 22, 2019

Support person interventions to increase use of quitline services among racially diverse low-income smokers: A pilot study

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Introduction Social support from nonsmokers may have a role in prompting smokers to use evidence-based cessation treatment. Prior studies found that an intervention for nonsmoking support persons (SPs) was effective for promoting smokers' use of free, state quitline services. This pilot study adapted and assessed feasibility of this intervention for [...]
Feb 22, 2019

ChangeMakers: Dr. LaPrincess Brewer, building 'a culture of health' for the underserved

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Every weekday in February, MPR News is featuring black Minnesotans making history to celebrate Black History Month. Dr. LaPrincess Brewer, 38, is a preventive cardiologist in the department of cardiovascular medicine at Mayo Clinic, and an assistant professor at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Her research focuses on creating strategies [...]
Feb 22, 2019

The importance of systems thinking, context, and inclusion when studying the feasibility of expanding the FoodShare (SNAP) outreach program to rural communities of Northern Wisconsin

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Evaluators often neglect to question whether a program has been appropriately designed for a new context prior to a feasibility study’s commencement. In this paper, we document the results of a case study that closely examined context when determining the feasibility of implementing a FoodShare outreach program in rural [...]
Feb 15, 2019

Formation of the Inclusive Environments and Metrics in Biology Education and Research (iEMBER) Network: Building a Culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract The Inclusive Environments and Metrics in Biology Education and Research (iEMBER) network is a newly forming national community of practice that engages diversity, equity, and inclusion stakeholders in interdisciplinary collaborative projects. iEMBER was initiated with incubator funding from the National Science Foundation program for Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate [...]
Feb 8, 2019

Community Resilience Learning Collaborative and Research Network (C-LEARN): Study Protocol with Participatory Planning for a Randomized, Comparative Effectiveness Trial

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract This manuscript presents the protocol and participatory planning process for implementing the Community Resilience Learning Collaborative and Research Network (C-LEARN) study. C-LEARN is designed to determine how to build a service program and individual client capacity to improve mental health-related quality of life among individuals at risk for depression, [...]
Jan 28, 2019

Being Mindful: A Long-term Investigation of an Interdisciplinary Course in Mindfulness

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Background Burnout and work-related stress in health-care professionals (HCPs) is a growing concern to the optimal functioning of the health-care system. Mindfulness-based interventions may be well-suited to address burnout in HCPs. Objective The purpose of this study was (1) to quantitatively evaluate the effect of a mindfulness-based intervention for interdisciplinary [...]
Jan 11, 2019

Facilitators and Barriers for Effective Academic-Community Collaboration for Disaster Preparedness and Response.

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract CONTEXT: For academic institutions to meaningfully contribute to community-disaster preparedness and response, they must effectively collaborate with governmental public health and emergency management agencies. OBJECTIVE: To explore the opinions of leaders of public health and emergency management agencies and academic institutions regarding the facilitators for and barriers to effective [...]
Jan 4, 2019

The Association Between Perceived Stress and Hypertension Among Asian Americans: Does Social Support and Social Network Make a Difference?

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Prior research suggests that stress plays role in the etiology and progression of hypertension. To lend a more accurate depiction of the underlying mechanisms between stress and hypertension, this study aims to assess the associations between perceived stress and hypertension across varying levels of social support and social network [...]
Dec 21, 2018

Strategies to Increase Latino Immigrant Youth Engagement in Health Promotion Using Social Media: Mixed-Methods Study

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
ABSTRACT Background: Generating participant engagement in social media applications for health promotion and disease prevention efforts is vital for their effectiveness and increases the likelihood of effecting sustainable behavior change. However, there is limited evidence regarding effective strategies for engaging Latino immigrant youth using social media. As part of the [...]
Dec 14, 2018

From Concept to Application: The Impact of a Community-Wide Intervention to Improve the Delivery of Preventive Services to Children

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Objective. To improve health outcomes of children, the US Maternal and Child Health Bureau has recommended more effective organization of preventive services within primary care practices and more coordination between practices and community-based agencies. However, applying these recommendations in communities is challenging because they require both more complex systems [...]
Dec 7, 2018

Bridging the Gap After Physical Therapy: Clinical-Community Linkages With Older Adult Physical Activity Programs

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Background and Objectives Many barriers exist to older adult participation in physical activity, despite known benefits. Referrals from physical therapists (PTs) through clinical–community linkages offer novel, promising opportunities to increase older adult engagement in appropriate community-based physical activity programs. We assessed the capacity of PTs to participate in such [...]
Nov 30, 2018

Evaluating a Media Strategy to Provide Health Messages to Medically Underserved Populations

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract For nearly every category of chronic disease, blacks with African American ancestry (AAs) bear a disproportionate disease burden in comparison to their non-Hispanic white (NHW) counterparts. The purpose of this study was to evaluate perceptions of a radio-based health communication strategy, geared towards AA adults and the medically underserved. [...]
Nov 9, 2018

The in's and out's of science outreach: assessment of an engaging new program

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Many professors are interested in providing science outreach to local K–12 students, but may not have the time or resources needed to create an engaging presentation. The American Physiological Society supports outreach initiatives through programs such as the Physiology Understanding (PhUn) Week. Building on these activities, it was desired [...]
Oct 29, 2018

Building Bridges for Asthma Care Program: A School-Centered Program Connecting Schools, Families, and Community Health-Care Providers

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Asthma imposes tremendous burden on children, families, and society. Successful management requires coordinated care among children, families, health providers, and schools. Building Bridges for Asthma Care Program, a school-centered program to coordinate care for successful asthma management, was developed, implemented, and evaluated. The program consists of five steps: (1) [...]
Oct 5, 2018

CTSA Program Researchers Partner with Barbershops to Cut High Blood Pressure

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
When is a haircut more than a haircut? When it’s also the first step to cutting high blood pressure. Black men are more likely to die from complications of high blood pressure than any other group in the U.S. To tackle this disparity, researchers from the Smidt Heart Institute at [...]
Sep 28, 2018

Soccer Field Wars: Latino Neighbors Win a Fight to Play

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Omar Gonzalez and many of his neighbors love playing nightly pick-up soccer games on the fields at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Gonzalez never expected to get kicked off the field. But that’s what happened one night when a local sports league, which [...]
Sep 28, 2018

School Gardens in the United States: Current Barriers to Integration and Sustainability

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Objectives. To elucidate details about the barriers (time, funding, staffing, and space) to integrating and sustaining school gardens. Methods. A total of 99 school gardeners from 15 states participated in an online survey in June 2017. The 29-item survey contained qualitative and quantitative items that we analyzed using descriptive statistics [...]
Sep 14, 2018

Podcast New Episode Learning about #pharmacogenomics

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Ep. 62 Learning About #Pharmacogenomics #PGx
Sep 14, 2018

Engaging Small Residential Construction Contractors in Community-Based Participatory Research to Promote Safety.

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Construction is a large employment sector with a high prevalence of small businesses. Despite the high injury rates reported for employees of small construction firms, these firms are under-represented in occupational safety research studies. Such studies are needed to understand barriers experienced by these firms and to examine ways to [...]
Jul 27, 2018

Prevalence and correlates of local health department activities to address mental health in the United States

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Mental health has been recognized as a public health priority for nearly a century. Little is known, however, about what local health departments (LHDs) do to address the mental health needs of the populations they serve. Using data from the 2013 National Profile of Local Health Departments – a [...]
Jul 20, 2018

Podcast New Episode

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Ep 61 My Experiance Getting To #MN And Working With #CBPR  
Jul 20, 2018

Changes in blood pressure among users of lay health worker or volunteer operated community-based blood pressure programs over time: a systematic review protocol

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
The objective of this review is to identify studies reporting on lay health worker- or volunteer-led community-based programs for blood pressure screening and cardiovascular awareness in order to determine if these programs contribute to changes in blood pressure among participants over time. The specific question for this review is: What [...]
Jun 8, 2018

Qualitative Focus Groups: Perceived Influences on Decision Making About Diet and Physical Activity Among Hispanic/Latino Participants

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Disparities in minority health are strongly associated with reduced access to culturally familiar food and physical activity opportunities. This qualitative study explores a Midwest, urban Hispanic/Latino community, the members’ experiences with their multidimensional environment and its influence on their nutrition and physical activity choices. Using the principles of community-based [...]
Jun 1, 2018

Public Libraries As Partners for Health

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Introduction Public libraries are free and accessible to all and are centers of community engagement and education, making them logical choices as partners for improving population health. Library staff members routinely assist patrons with unmet health and social needs. Methods We used a 100-question, self-administered web survey sent to all [...]
May 21, 2018

Towards a practical model for community engagement: Advancing the art and science in academic health centers

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Introduction Community engagement (CE) has become more prevalent among academic health centers (AHCs), with significant diversity in practices and language. The array of approaches to CE contributes to confusion among practitioners. Methods We have reviewed multiple models of CE utilized by AHCs, Clinical and Translational Science Awards, and higher [...]
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