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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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October 18, 2019

Addressing Isolation in the Scientific Community

By Miguel Valdez Soto Miguel Valdez Soto

In STEM, and particularly in science, many early career researchers find themselves isolated and lacking guidance. There is an enormous need to connect early career scientists with experienced professionals outside their immediate work environment. A new initiative aims to create a supportive community to foster communication between scientists through all stages of their career. Learn […]

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August 16, 2019

Changing prescribing behaviours with educational outreach: an overview of evidence and practice

By Miguel Valdez Soto Miguel Valdez Soto

Abstract General practitioners (GPs), or family practitioners, are tasked with prescribing medications that can be harmful to the community if they are inappropriately prescribed or used (e.g. opioids). Educational programs, such as educational outreach (EO), are designed to change the behaviour of health professionals. The purpose of this study was to identify the efficacy of […]

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August 9, 2019

Prescription Drug Abuse Among Patients in Rural Dental Practices Reported by Members of the National Dental PBRN

By Miguel Valdez Soto Miguel Valdez Soto

Abstract   This study compared rural to nonrural dentists with respect to opioid prescribing practices, perceptions about prescription drug abuse among patients, and training relevant to pain management and addictions. Learn more.

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July 26, 2019

Community Health Centers: a Key Partner to Achieve Medicaid Expansion

By Miguel Valdez Soto Miguel Valdez Soto

Abstract Medicaid expansion is an important feature of the “Affordable Care Act” and also is proposed as a component of some incremental plans for universal healthcare coverage. We describe (1) obstacles encountered with Medicaid coverage, (2) their potential resolution by federally qualified community health centers (CHCs), (3) the current status and limitations of CHCs, and […]

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July 19, 2019

A Community-Wide Collaboration to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk: The Hearts of Sonoma County Initiative

By Miguel Valdez Soto Miguel Valdez Soto

Abstract Purpose and Objectives Collaboration across multiple sectors is needed to bring about health system transformation, but creating effective and sustainable collaboratives is challenging. We describe outcomes and lessons learned from the Hearts of Sonoma County (HSC) initiative, a successful multi-sector collaborative effort to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in Sonoma County, California. Learn more

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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 Valdez Soto

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 Valdez Soto

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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