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July 12, 2019

Community Health Workers in Hawai’i: A Scoping Review and Framework Analysis of Existing Evidence

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Abstract Introduction: Community health workers (CHWs) play a vital role in health across Hawai‘i, but the scope of this work is not comprehensively collated. This scoping review describes the existing evidence of the roles and responsibilities of CHWs in Hawai‘i. Methods: Between May and October 2018, researchers gathered documents (eg, reports, journal articles) relevant to […]

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June 28, 2019

Associations with the Receipt of Colon Cancer Screening Among a Diverse Sample of Arab Americans in NYC.

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Arab Americans (AA) face increased risk for colorectal cancer (CRC), the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the US, due to low utilization of preventative care and socioeconomic disparities. This study explores associations with the receipt of CRC screening among AA in New York City. A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 100 individuals attending […]

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June 14, 2019

The role of community health workers in cervical cancer screening in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic scoping review of the literature

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Abstract Introduction Community-based screening for cervical cancer and task sharing to community health workers (CHWs) have been suggested as a potential way to increase screening coverage in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The aims of the scoping review were to understand the following: (i) where and how CHWs are currently deployed in screening in LMIC […]

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May 31, 2019

Social Media Use for Professional Purposes in the Neurosurgical Community: A Multi-Institutional Study

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Abstract INTRODUCTION: Since Facebook’s debut in 2004, social media (SoMe) has garnered increased popularity and usage worldwide. Given its appeal and visibility, many industries have utilized SoMe to promote products for professional purposes. Specialized sites have subsequently been created to connect users in similar disciplines. While SoMe sites have amassed over 1-billion followers, SoMe usage […]

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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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