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Fri, Jan 10 12:07pm · Engaging young African American women breast cancer survivors: A novel storytelling approach to identify patient‐centred research priorities


Patient‐centredness is considered an essential aspiration of a high‐quality health‐care system, and patient engagement is a critical precursor to patient‐centred care.


To engage patients, health‐care providers and stakeholders in identifying recommendations to address research and practice gaps that impact young African American breast cancer survivors.


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Dec 13, 2019 · Experience obtaining legal abortion in Uruguay: knowledge, attitudes, and stigma among abortion clients

BACKGROUND: The abortion law in Uruguay changed in 2012 to allow first trimester abortion on request. Implementation of the law in Uruguay has been lauded, but barriers to care, including abortion stigma, remain. This study aimed to assess women’s experiences seeking abortion services and related attitudes and knowledge following implementation of the law in Uruguay.

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Nov 22, 2019 · Hospitals Turn to Community Partnerships to Improve Health Equity

Residents living in Chicago’s West Side have a 16-year-shorter life expectancy than their neighbors living just a few miles away in the city’s Loop neighborhood. But a program called West Side United, made up of several Chicago hospitals and civic groups, aims to change that by addressing some of the health equity issues that contribute to such disparities. It is well documented that factors such as unequal access to employment, healthy food, transportation, and exposure to neighborhood violence all contribute to illnesses—including heart disease—that can reduce life expectancy, noted Darlene Hightower, associate vice president of the Office of Community Engagement at Rush University, 1 of West Side United’s partners in a press release. “So if being healthy is largely determined by what happens outside of the four walls of a hospital, we needed to go to the people working in many sectors across multiple neighborhoods to determine what those barriers to health are,” said Hightower in the release.

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Nov 8, 2019 · Extension as a Backbone Support Organization for Physical Activity Promotion: A Collective Impact Case Study From Rural Kentucky.


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.

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Oct 25, 2019 · A "Tea and Cookies" Approach: Co-designing Cancer Screening Interventions with Patients Living with Low Income


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.

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Oct 18, 2019 · Development and implementation of an LGBT initiative at a health sciences library: the first eighteen months

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 our own initiative. Because of past and current lack of competent provider training and the resulting need for patients to be knowledgeable self-advocates, however, our initiative was broadened to include the goal of providing LGBT individuals in our communities—both on campus and in the broader public—with the resources and tools that they need to access information about their own health. Case Presentation This paper describes the development of that twofold initiative and the tangible methods used in its implementation, including collection development, interdepartmental collaboration, electronic resource guide creation, and community engagement through outreach.

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Oct 18, 2019 · Addressing Isolation in the Scientific Community

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.

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Aug 16, 2019 · Changing prescribing behaviours with educational outreach: an overview of evidence and practice


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 EO programs at changing the prescribing behaviour of GPs.

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