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February 28, 2020

Theory-based Development of an Implementation Intervention Utilizing Community Health Workers to Increase Palliative Care Use

By Miguel Valdez Soto Miguel Valdez Soto

ABSTRACT Context Opportunities for the use of palliative care services are missed in African-American communities, despite Level I evidence demonstrating their benefits. Objective Single-institution, stakeholder-engaged study to design an intervention to increase palliative care use in African-American communities. Learn more

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February 21, 2020

Can a Smartphone App for Cannabis Cessation Gain a Broader User Group than Traditional Treatment Services?

By Miguel Valdez Soto Miguel Valdez Soto

Abstract BACKGROUND: Treatment demand for cannabis use disorders is increasing in Europe. Mobile phone- and internet-based interventions for cannabis users can possibly help meet the need. The purpose of this study was to examine whether a recently developed Norwegian Cannabis Cessation app reaches a broader or different user group compared to community-based Cannabis Cessation programs […]

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February 7, 2020

In-kind incentives and health worker performance: Experimental evidence from El Salvador

By Miguel Valdez Soto Miguel Valdez Soto

We experimentally evaluated the effects of in-kind team incentives on health worker performance in El Salvador, with 38 out of 75 community health teams randomly assigned to performance incentives over a 12-month period. All teams received monitoring, performance feedback and recognition for their achievements allowing us to isolate the effect of the incentive. While both […]

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January 31, 2020

Housing and Support Narratives of People Experiencing Mental Health Issues: Making My Place, My Home

By Miguel Valdez Soto Miguel Valdez Soto

Choice, control, privacy, and security are widely reported housing preferences of mental health consumers, are associated with improved well-being and greater housing satisfaction, and are important for recovery. This paper describes housing and neighborhood experiences from a larger qualitative study that sought to learn with people experiencing mental health issues about their everyday lives in […]

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January 10, 2020

Engaging young African American women breast cancer survivors: A novel storytelling approach to identify patient‐centred research priorities

By Miguel Valdez Soto Miguel Valdez Soto

Background Patient‐centredness is considered an essential aspiration of a high‐quality health‐care system, and patient engagement is a critical precursor to patient‐centred care. Objectives To engage patients, health‐care providers and stakeholders in identifying recommendations to address research and practice gaps that impact young African American breast cancer survivors.   Learn more  

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December 13, 2019

Experience obtaining legal abortion in Uruguay: knowledge, attitudes, and stigma among abortion clients

By Miguel Valdez Soto Miguel Valdez Soto

BACKGROUND: The abortion law in Uruguay changed in 2012 to allow first trimester abortion on request. Implementation of the law in Uruguay has been lauded, but barriers to care, including abortion stigma, remain. This study aimed to assess women’s experiences seeking abortion services and related attitudes and knowledge following implementation of the law in Uruguay. […]

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November 22, 2019

Hospitals Turn to Community Partnerships to Improve Health Equity

By Miguel Valdez Soto Miguel Valdez Soto

Residents living in Chicago’s West Side have a 16-year-shorter life expectancy than their neighbors living just a few miles away in the city’s Loop neighborhood. But a program called West Side United, made up of several Chicago hospitals and civic groups, aims to change that by addressing some of the health equity issues that contribute […]

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November 8, 2019

Extension as a Backbone Support Organization for Physical Activity Promotion: A Collective Impact Case Study From Rural Kentucky.

By Miguel Valdez Soto Miguel Valdez Soto

Abstract: Rural counties in the United States face daunting structural issues that reduce their populations’ physical activity levels, including geographic isolation as well as deficits in infrastructure, public transportation, health care providers, and funding. Learn more

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October 25, 2019

A “Tea and Cookies” Approach: Co-designing Cancer Screening Interventions with Patients Living with Low Income

By Miguel Valdez Soto Miguel Valdez Soto

Abstract In our primary care organization, we have observed income gradients in cancer screening for our patients despite outreach. We hypothesized that outreach strategies could be improved upon to be more compelling for our patients living with low income. Learn more

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October 18, 2019

Development and implementation of an LGBT initiative at a health sciences library: the first eighteen months

By Miguel Valdez Soto Miguel Valdez Soto

The University of Louisville School of Medicine is the pilot site for the eQuality project, an initiative to integrate training for providing care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients into the standard medical school curriculum. Inspired by and in support of this School of Medicine initiative, Kornhauser Health Sciences Library staff have developing […]

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