Aug 16, 2019

Changing prescribing behaviours with educational outreach: an overview of evidence and practice

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract General practitioners (GPs), or family practitioners, are tasked with prescribing medications that can be harmful to the community if they are inappropriately prescribed or used (e.g. opioids). Educational programs, such as educational outreach (EO), are designed to change the behaviour of health professionals. The purpose of this study was to [...]
Aug 9, 2019

Prescription Drug Abuse Among Patients in Rural Dental Practices Reported by Members of the National Dental PBRN

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract   This study compared rural to nonrural dentists with respect to opioid prescribing practices, perceptions about prescription drug abuse among patients, and training relevant to pain management and addictions. Learn more.
Jul 26, 2019

Community Health Centers: a Key Partner to Achieve Medicaid Expansion

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Medicaid expansion is an important feature of the “Affordable Care Act” and also is proposed as a component of some incremental plans for universal healthcare coverage. We describe (1) obstacles encountered with Medicaid coverage, (2) their potential resolution by federally qualified community health centers (CHCs), (3) the current status [...]
Jul 19, 2019

A Community-Wide Collaboration to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk: The Hearts of Sonoma County Initiative

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Purpose and Objectives Collaboration across multiple sectors is needed to bring about health system transformation, but creating effective and sustainable collaboratives is challenging. We describe outcomes and lessons learned from the Hearts of Sonoma County (HSC) initiative, a successful multi-sector collaborative effort to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in [...]
Jul 12, 2019

Community Health Workers in Hawai'i: A Scoping Review and Framework Analysis of Existing Evidence

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Introduction: Community health workers (CHWs) play a vital role in health across Hawai‘i, but the scope of this work is not comprehensively collated. This scoping review describes the existing evidence of the roles and responsibilities of CHWs in Hawai‘i. Methods: Between May and October 2018, researchers gathered documents (eg, [...]
Jun 28, 2019

Associations with the Receipt of Colon Cancer Screening Among a Diverse Sample of Arab Americans in NYC.

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Arab Americans (AA) face increased risk for colorectal cancer (CRC), the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the US, due to low utilization of preventative care and socioeconomic disparities. This study explores associations with the receipt of CRC screening among AA in New York City. A cross-sectional survey was [...]
Jun 14, 2019

The role of community health workers in cervical cancer screening in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic scoping review of the literature

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Introduction Community-based screening for cervical cancer and task sharing to community health workers (CHWs) have been suggested as a potential way to increase screening coverage in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The aims of the scoping review were to understand the following: (i) where and how CHWs are currently [...]
May 31, 2019

Social Media Use for Professional Purposes in the Neurosurgical Community: A Multi-Institutional Study

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract INTRODUCTION: Since Facebook's debut in 2004, social media (SoMe) has garnered increased popularity and usage worldwide. Given its appeal and visibility, many industries have utilized SoMe to promote products for professional purposes. Specialized sites have subsequently been created to connect users in similar disciplines. While SoMe sites have amassed [...]
May 17, 2019

Social Media Engagement and the Critical Care Medicine Community

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Over the last decade, social media has transformed how we communicate in the medical community. Microblogging through platforms such as Twitter has made social media a vehicle for succinct, targeted, and innovative dissemination of content in critical care medicine. Common uses of social media in medicine include dissemination [...]
May 17, 2019

The Radiology Twitterverse: A Starter's Guide to Utilization and Success

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract The rise of social media use in medicine has changed how health care organizations and providers communicate with patients and interact with other members of the medical community. Active social media engagement has been associated with improvements in patient outreach, peer-to-peer interactions, and medical education. In radiology, however, social [...]
Apr 26, 2019

Implementation and evaluation of a biotechnology research experience for African-American high school students

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Exposure to science content and development of excitement for scientific inquiry throughout the high school years are imperative in attracting students into the sciences. The purpose of this article is to report lessons learned and share best practices from the implementation and evaluation of a high school STEM program [...]
Apr 26, 2019

Working on Womanhood (WOW): A participatory formative evaluation of a community-developed intervention

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract The well-documented disparities in availability, accessibility, and quality of behavioral health services suggest the need for innovative programs to address the needs of ethnic minority youth. The current study aimed to conduct a participatory, formative evaluation of “Working on Womanhood” (WOW), a community-developed, multifaceted, school-based intervention serving primarily ethnic [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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