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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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December 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 participate in such linkages. Research Design and Methods […]

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November 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. The radio broadcast, titled “Closing […]

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November 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 was desired to create and assess an […]

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October 29, 2018

Building Bridges for Asthma Care Program: A School-Centered Program Connecting Schools, Families, and Community Health-Care Providers

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Abstract Asthma imposes tremendous burden on children, families, and society. Successful management requires coordinated care among children, families, health providers, and schools. Building Bridges for Asthma Care Program, a school-centered program to coordinate care for successful asthma management, was developed, implemented, and evaluated. The program consists of five steps: (1) identify students with asthma; (2) […]

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October 5, 2018

CTSA Program Researchers Partner with Barbershops to Cut High Blood Pressure

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

When is a haircut more than a haircut? When it’s also the first step to cutting high blood pressure. Black men are more likely to die from complications of high blood pressure than any other group in the U.S. To tackle this disparity, researchers from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai and the University of […]

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September 28, 2018

Soccer Field Wars: Latino Neighbors Win a Fight to Play

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Omar Gonzalez and many of his neighbors love playing nightly pick-up soccer games on the fields at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Gonzalez never expected to get kicked off the field. But that’s what happened one night when a local sports league, which had mostly white players in […]

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September 28, 2018

School Gardens in the United States: Current Barriers to Integration and Sustainability

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Objectives. To elucidate details about the barriers (time, funding, staffing, and space) to integrating and sustaining school gardens. Methods. A total of 99 school gardeners from 15 states participated in an online survey in June 2017. The 29-item survey contained qualitative and quantitative items that we analyzed using descriptive statistics and inductive content analysis. Learn […]

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September 14, 2018

Podcast New Episode Learning about #pharmacogenomics

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Ep. 62 Learning About #Pharmacogenomics #PGx

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September 14, 2018

Engaging Small Residential Construction Contractors in Community-Based Participatory Research to Promote Safety.

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Construction is a large employment sector with a high prevalence of small businesses. Despite the high injury rates reported for employees of small construction firms, these firms are under-represented in occupational safety research studies. Such studies are needed to understand barriers experienced by these firms and to examine ways to overcome them. However, challenges accessing […]

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