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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 of information, knowledge acquisition, professional networking, […]

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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 media is predominantly used among […]

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April 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 that aims to provide an […]

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April 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 minority girls living in underserved […]

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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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