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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 [...]
May 15, 2018

New Podcast episode

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Thank you @NarjustDuma for been part of ‘Ep. 59 Mitos del #cancer’ by Community Board PODCAST #SaludTues https://t.co/xMUADRZamn— Community Engagement (@mayoclinic_cenr) May 14, 2018
May 15, 2018

Is a clean river fun for all? Recognizing social vulnerability in watershed planning

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Watershed planning can lead to policy innovation and action toward environmental protection. However, groups often suffer from low engagement with communities that experience disparate impacts from flooding and water pollution. This can limit the capacity of watershed efforts to dismantle pernicious forms of social inequality. As a result, the benefits [...]
May 15, 2018

Catchment Areas and Community Outreach and Engagement: The New Mandate for NCI-Designated Cancer Centers

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
In 2012 (PAR 12-298), the NCI Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) required that designated cancer centers identify and describe their Catchment Area (CA) and document ongoing research that specifically addresses the cancer burden, risk factors, incidence, morbidity, mortality, and inequities, in the CA (1). The latest release of the Cancer Centers [...]
Feb 22, 2018

Know your medicine: A novel student-led community service learning program.

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract INTRODUCTION: The objective of this article is to describe the efforts of the student pharmacist organization called Know Your Medicine (KYM) as they conduct medication therapy management (MTM) for older adults and underserved communities. METHODS: Patients brought medications, immunization records, and health concerns to KYM events during academic years [...]
Feb 22, 2018

Using Community Engagement and Navigators to Increase Colon Cancer Screening and Patient Outcomes

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract A theory-driven tailored intervention developed in partnership with the community used evidence-based practices to (a) increase knowledge about colon cancer and screening and (b) assist patients in completing screenings. During the 16 months of delivery screening, patient navigators integrated into gastroenterology clinics met all goals, which included (a) enrolling [...]
Feb 22, 2018

NEW Episode!

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Have you heard ‘Ep. 57 My Experience Dealing With #Melanoma’ by Community Board PODCAST on #SoundCloud? #nphttps://t.co/rVJ4sJGI5l? — Community Engagement (@mayoclinic_cenr) February 22, 2018     In this episode we learned from the patient and medical experience how to deal and prevent melanoma. ABOUT MELANOMA Melanoma is the most serious [...]
Jan 30, 2018

Are You Ready? Measuring Readiness and Preparing to Engage- online course

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Are You Ready? Measuring Readiness and Preparing to Engage Determining how to apply levels of engagement with stakeholders is critical to the success of a community engagement in research project. In this module, we will provide an overview and resources in order to gain awareness, prepare, implement, disseminate and maintain [...]
Jan 30, 2018

Overcoming Barriers in Community Engagement in Research- online course!

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Overcoming Barriers in Community Engagement in Research Researchers and their collaborative stakeholder partners who are engaged in the research process have an invested interest in meeting unmet healthcare needs. Their level of community engagement in the research process may include the introduction of unforeseen barriers that may impede the success [...]
Oct 26, 2017

Listen to this PODCAST and Learn about the American Indian Cancer Foundation

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Play PODCAST   At the American Indian Cancer Foundation, we imagine a world where cancer is no longer the leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Through hard work, culturally appropriate community-based programs and policy change that affords Native people access to the best prevention and treatment strategies, we [...]
Listen to this PODCAST and Learn about the American Indian Cancer Foundation
Sep 15, 2017

Dissemination of a Child Passenger Safety Program Through Trauma Center-Community Partnerships.

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Improper child passenger restraint use contributes to higher pediatric motor vehicle collision morbidity and mortality among cultural minority populations. Child passenger safety education improves caregiver knowledge of restraint use, but effective interventions require culturally specific programming. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a child [...]
Sep 8, 2017

Stroke Investigative Research and Education Network: Public Outreach and Engagement

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Stroke is becoming a leading cause of disability and death, and a major public health concern in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The Stroke Investigative Research and Education Network (SIREN) seeks to comprehensively characterize the genomic, sociocultural, economic, and behavioral risk factors for stroke and to build effective teams for research [...]
Sep 8, 2017

Are "goods for guns" good for the community? An update of a community gun buyback program.

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
BACKGROUND: Gun violence remains a leading cause of death in the United States. Community gun buyback programs provide an opportunity to dispose of extraneous firearms. The purpose of this study was to understand the demographics, motivation, child access to firearms, and household mental illness of buyback participants in hopes of [...]
Aug 11, 2017

The Kintun program for families with dementia: From novel experiment to national policy (innovative practice).

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract The Kintun program is the first public health strategy specifically designed for dementia care in Chile. It was launched in 2013 in the city of Santiago with support from the National Service for the Elderly and the Municipality of Peñalolén. Using an interdisciplinary team, the program seeks to promote [...]
Aug 11, 2017

A novel primary-specialist care collaborative demonstration project to improve the access and health care of medically complex patients.

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Objective Medically complex patients experience fragmented health care compounded by long wait times. The MedREACH program was developed to improve access and overall system experience for medically complex patients. Program description MedREACH is a novel primary-tertiary care collaborative demonstration program that features community nursing outreach, community specialist outreach, and [...]
Aug 4, 2017

Depression and Its Correlates Among Brazilian Immigrants in Massachusetts, USA

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract The goal of this paper is to assess the frequency of depression symptoms among Brazilian immigrants living in Massachusetts, the second largest Brazilian immigrant population in the United States, and to identify correlates of depression. A convenience sample of Brazilian immigrants aged 18 or older residing in Massachusetts was [...]
Jul 12, 2017

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Environment affects health. Learn about NIMHD-funded efforts to address placed-based #disparities. https://t.co/rrz4I1fFBZ #SDOH pic.twitter.com/9XNaDb7wVh— Health Disparities (@NIMHD) July 12, 2017
Jul 7, 2017

Factors Affecting Dietary Practices in a Mississippi African American Community

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract : This study examined the practices, personal motivation, and barriers of African American communities in Mississippi regarding their dietary practices. We selected the Metro Jackson Area comprised of Hinds, Madison and Rankin Counties because it is a combination of urban and rural communities. The sample consisted of 70 participants [...]
Jul 7, 2017

Developing a nationwide K–12 outreach model: Physiology Understanding (PhUn) Week 10 years later

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Since 2005, nearly 600 Physiology Understanding Week (PhUn Week) events have taken place across the U.S., involving American Physiological Society (APS) members in K–12 outreach. The program seeks to build student understanding of physiology and physiology careers, assist teachers in recognizing physiology in their standards-based curriculum, and involve more [...]
Jul 5, 2017

Early discharge hospital at home

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Background Early discharge hospital at home is a service that provides active treatment by healthcare professionals in the patient's home for a condition that otherwise would require acute hospital inpatient care. This is an update of a Cochrane review. Objectives To determine the effectiveness and cost of managing patients [...]
Jun 26, 2017

Addressing Tobacco Use Among Consumers and Staff at Behavioral Health Treatment Facilities Through Comprehensive Workplace Programming

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract Tobacco use is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States; cigarette smoking is the most common form of tobacco use. Smoking has become increasingly concentrated among individuals with behavioral health needs (e.g., persistent mental illness) and has led to increased morbidity and mortality in this [...]
Jun 26, 2017

Citizenship, Community Mental Health, and the Common Good.

By Miguel Valdez Soto @miguel
Abstract In this article, we address the issue of community mental health and the common good via an applied theory of citizenship to support the social inclusion, empowerment, and inclusion of persons diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. We begin by discussing citizenship, and the concept of the common good, in regard [...]
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