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February 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 a racially diverse, low-income population. […]

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February 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 to reduce heart disease health […]

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February 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 northern Wisconsin. Using community-based participatory […]

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February 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 Biology Education. In June 2017, […]

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February 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, with exposure to social risk […]

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January 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 HCPs over time and at […]

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January 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 collaboration for disaster preparedness and […]

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January 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 among Asian Americans. We conducted […]

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December 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 Avance Center for the Advancement […]

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December 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 of care delivery within organizations […]

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