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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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July 27, 2018

Prevalence and correlates of local health department activities to address mental health in the United States

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Abstract Mental health has been recognized as a public health priority for nearly a century. Little is known, however, about what local health departments (LHDs) do to address the mental health needs of the populations they serve. Using data from the 2013 National Profile of Local Health Departments – a nationally representative survey of LHDs […]

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July 20, 2018

Podcast New Episode

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Ep 61 My Experiance Getting To #MN And Working With #CBPR  

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July 20, 2018

Changes in blood pressure among users of lay health worker or volunteer operated community-based blood pressure programs over time: a systematic review protocol

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

The objective of this review is to identify studies reporting on lay health worker- or volunteer-led community-based programs for blood pressure screening and cardiovascular awareness in order to determine if these programs contribute to changes in blood pressure among participants over time. The specific question for this review is: What are the changes in blood […]

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June 8, 2018

Qualitative Focus Groups: Perceived Influences on Decision Making About Diet and Physical Activity Among Hispanic/Latino Participants

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Abstract Disparities in minority health are strongly associated with reduced access to culturally familiar food and physical activity opportunities. This qualitative study explores a Midwest, urban Hispanic/Latino community, the members’ experiences with their multidimensional environment and its influence on their nutrition and physical activity choices. Using the principles of community-based participatory research in collaboration with […]

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June 1, 2018

Public Libraries As Partners for Health

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Introduction Public libraries are free and accessible to all and are centers of community engagement and education, making them logical choices as partners for improving population health. Library staff members routinely assist patrons with unmet health and social needs. Methods We used a 100-question, self-administered web survey sent to all library directors listed in the […]

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