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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631138/college-student-attitudes-towards-smart-guns-results-from-a-nationwide-survey
#1
Lacey N Wallace, Kaylin C Dunn
Existing studies focusing on "smart" guns, weapons that can only be fired by an authorized user, have focused largely on overall views towards the topic. Little is known about how views differ within key demographics or why Americans feel positively or negatively towards smart guns. This study used data from a nationwide web survey of 520 college students to address these concerns. Multinomial regression was used to identify patterns of smart gun preference in quantitative data. Respondents' open-ended reasoning for their views was examined through common themes and descriptive statistics...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620736/revisiting-prostate-cancer-screening-practices-among-vermont-primary-care-physicians
#2
Laura Donnelly, Kevan M Sternberg, Takamaru Ashikaga, Mark K Plante, Scott D Perrapato
The objective of this study was to assess the prostate cancer screening practices of Vermont primary care physicians and compare them with a prior study in 2001. An electronic survey was created and emailed to all currently practicing primary care physicians in Vermont. Data was stratified by practice length, practice location, university affiliation, and internal medicine versus family practice. Surveys were received from 123 (27.2%) primary care physicians. 27.7% of physicians in practice <10 years recommended prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing, compared with 55...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616707/customer-characteristics-and-shopping-patterns-associated-with-healthy-and-unhealthy-purchases-at-small-and-non-traditional-food-stores
#3
Kathleen M Lenk, Caitlin E Caspi, Lisa Harnack, Melissa N Laska
Small and non-traditional food stores (e.g., corner stores) are often the most accessible source of food for residents of lower income urban neighborhoods in the U.S. Although healthy options are often limited at these stores, little is known about customers who purchase healthy, versus less healthy, foods/beverages in these venues. We conducted 661 customer intercept interviews at 105 stores (corner stores, gas marts, pharmacies, dollar stores) in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, assessing all food and beverage items purchased...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612174/an-enhanced-shared-decision-making-model-to-address-willingness-and-ability-to-undergo-lung-cancer-screening-and-follow-up-treatment-in-minority-underserved-populations
#4
Cherie P Erkmen, Mark Mitchell, Simran Randhawa, Shelby Sferra, Rachel Kim, Verdi DiSesa, Larry R Kaiser, Grace X Ma
Failure to address willingness and ability to undergo lung cancer treatment before lung cancer screening could cause patients unnecessary anxiety, cost and care. We employed an enhanced shared decision making (SDM) model to address willingness and ability to undergo lung cancer screening of low dose CT (LDCT) scanning. We hypothesized that enhanced SDM was feasible and did not discourage patients from undergoing lung cancer screening. We performed a prospective study of patients referred for lung cancer screening...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589270/community-health-workers-promote-civic-engagement-and-organizational-capacity-to-impact-policy
#5
Samantha Sabo, Melissa Flores, Ashley Wennerstrom, Melanie L Bell, Lorena Verdugo, Scott Carvajal, Maia Ingram
Community health workers (CHW) have historically served to link structurally vulnerable populations to broad support systems. Emerging evidence suggests that CHWs engage in various forms of advocacy to promote policy and systems change. We assessed the impact of CHW community advocacy on community change, defined as civic engagement, organizational capacity and policy and systems change. Data are drawn from the 2014 National Community Health Worker Advocacy Survey (N = 1776) aimed to identify the state of the CHW profession, and their impact on health disparities through community advocacy and policy engagement...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589269/improving-std-screening-rates-on-a-university-campus
#6
Amanda Myers, Sherrie P McCaskill, Kathryn VanRavenstein
Gonorrhea and chlamydia infections have a high incidence among young adults. To increase screening rates among individuals aged 25 years of age and younger on a university campus, this quality improvement project was implemented to improve providers' knowledge of CDC guidelines through education. Education was provided to providers and staff members at a health clinic on a private residential university campus through informational sessions to increase knowledge of guideline-directed screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589268/e-cigarette-users-attitudes-on-the-banning-of-sales-of-nicotine-e-liquid-its-implication-on-e-cigarette-use-behaviours-and-alternative-sources-of-nicotine-e-liquid
#7
Li Ping Wong, Haridah Alias, Nasrin Agha Mohammadi, Azadeh Ghadimi, Victor Chee Wai Hoe
The banning of sales of nicotine e-liquid in e-cigarette shops has been implemented in several states in Malaysia. The distribution of nicotine e-liquid can only be allowed by licensed pharmacies or registered medical practitioners. This study aimed to evaluate e-cigarette users' responses to the control policy in a cross-sectional survey of 851 e-cigarette users by utilizing a self-report questionnaire that assessed (1) attitudes on regulation policy of e-cigarette banning; (2) e-cigarette use behaviors; and (3) sources of e-liquid after the regulation policy has been implemented...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589267/associations-between-parental-bmi-and-the-family-nutrition-and-physical-activity-environment-in-a-community-sample
#8
Joel E Williams, Brian Helsel, Sarah F Griffin, Jessica Liang
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between parental BMI and the family environment and determine if differences exist in child diet and physical activity related parenting behaviors by parental BMI in a community sample of families recruited through elementary schools in a local school district. We found an association between parental BMI category and family nutrition and physical activity (FNPA) score. Families with an underweight or normal weight parent had a larger proportion (64...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551862/delivery-of-community-based-care-through-inter-professional-teams-in-brazil-s-unified-health-system-uhs-comparing-perceptions-across-community-health-agents-chas-nurses-and-physicians
#9
Rahbel Rahman, Rogério Meireles Pinto, Margareth Santos Zanchetta, Melanie M Wall
Given the shortage of medical providers and the need for medical decisions to be responsive to community needs, including lay health providers in health teams has been recommended as essential for the successful management of global health care systems. Brazil's Unified Health System (UHS) is a model for delivering community-based care through Family Health Strategy (FHS) interdisciplinary teams comprised of medical and lay health providers-Community Health Agents (CHAs), nurses, and physicians. This study aims to understand how medical and lay health providers' perceptions and attitudes could impact the delivery of community-based care...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551861/determinants-of-clinic-absenteeism-a-novel-method-of-examining-distance-from-clinic-and-transportation
#10
Ryan W Dobbs, Neha R Malhotra, Brandon M Caldwell, Raymond Rojas, Daniel M Moreira, Michael R Abern
Delayed treatment and non-adherence are associated with inferior prostate cancer (CaP) outcomes. Missed clinic appointments (MA) are one form of non-adherence that may be preventable. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 1341 scheduled clinic encounters for men referred to an academic urology clinic for evaluation of known or suspected CaP. Driving distance and public transit times were calculated using a Google Distance Matrix API algorithm. Zip code level data regarding socioeconomic status was obtained from the 2013 American Community Survey...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547033/assessing-colorectal-cancer-knowledge-among-puerto-rican-hispanics-implications-for-cancer-prevention-and-control
#11
Reinaldo Ramírez-Amill, Marievelisse Soto-Salgado, Carla Vázquez-Santos, Mónica Corzo-Pedrosa, Marcia Cruz-Correa
In Puerto Rico, colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and mortality rates are increasing. Moreover, adherence rates to CRC screening (52.2%) are still below the goals (70.5%) established by Healthy People 2020. Lack of knowledge is described as a significant barrier to adherence to CRC screening. The aim of this study was to assess CRC knowledge and screening rates among Puerto Rican Hispanics. Participants aged 40-85 years were recruited from the internal medicine outpatient clinics at the University of Puerto Rico...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534228/glove-changing-practices-of-mall-food-vendors-in-new-jersey
#12
Corey H Basch, Miryam Z Wahrman, Sarah A MacLean, Alan Quisido, Carlo Ponsica, Nandish Patel
Gloves can serve as barriers to decrease the transfer of microorganisms from hands to food. Glove changing by food vendors is particularly important when handling paper currency, as bills can carry and transmit microbes from person to person. The purpose of this study was two-fold: (1) To ascertain the extent to which gloves are changed after monetary transactions in food vendors at a major mall in New Jersey; and (2) to document the level of bacterial contamination and the presence of coliform bacteria on paper currency handled by these vendors...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528527/health-literacy-and-associated-factors-among-hmong-american-immigrants-addressing-the-health-disparities
#13
Belle P Khuu, Hee Y Lee, Anne Q Zhou
Hmong Americans face a disproportionate health burden ranging from the high prevalence of diabetes to depressive disorders. Little research attention has been paid toward exploring contributing factors to this disparity. As such, the present study seeks to fill the gap in the literature by examining the health literacy levels in Hmong Americans and its associated factors. The present study employed Andersen's behavioral model of health service as the theoretical framework. A cross-sectional survey research design was used and information was gathered from 168 Hmong American immigrants...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528526/communication-between-low-income-hispanic-patients-and-their-healthcare-providers-regarding-physical-activity-and-healthy-eating
#14
Aliyah Gauri, Xeniamaria Rodriguez, Patricia Gaona, Stephanie Maestri, Noella Dietz, Mark Stoutenberg
U.S. Hispanics disproportionately show health burdens that may be decreased by discussing physical activity (PA) and healthy eating with their healthcare providers (HCPs). We examined the perceptions of both HCPs and low-income Hispanic patients regarding the dynamics of these communications. We surveyed 295 low-income Hispanic patients and interviewed 14 HCPs at three community health clinics. Patients were asked about their comfort level with HCPs, how often their HCP discussed PA and healthy eating, and the likelihood of following advice on PA and healthy eating...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528525/urban-youth-knowledge-and-attitudes-regarding-lead-poisoning
#15
Sandra Bogar, Aniko Szabo, Shane Woodruff, Sheri Johnson
Environmental health literacy (EHL) is a promising and evolving field of research that could benefit from youth engagement. Yet studies focused on youths' environmental health awareness and concerns are limited. For example, although lead exposure remains a threat to youth development in urban environments, no published studies have measured urban youth's knowledge of lead poisoning. A CBPR partnership established a youth advisory council (YAC) who helped to design, interpret and disseminate a mixed methods study exploring environmental health perceptions among urban youths ages 10-18...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528524/a-novel-public-health-approach-to-measuring-tobacco-cessation-needs-among-cancer-survivors-in-alaska
#16
J Michael Underwood, Samantha J Hyde-Rolland, Julia Thorsness, Sherri L Stewart
Cancer survivors who continue to smoke have poorer response to treatment, higher risk for future cancers and lower survival rates than those who quit tobacco after diagnosis. Despite the increased risk for negative health outcomes, tobacco use among Alaskan cancer survivors is 19%, among the highest in the nation. To characterize and address tobacco cessation needs among cancer survivors who called a quit line for help in quitting tobacco, Alaska's Comprehensive Cancer Control program initiated a novel partnership with the state's Tobacco Quit Line...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527100/parents-expectations-of-high-schools-in-firearm-violence-prevention
#17
Erica Payton, Jagdish Khubchandani, Amy Thompson, James H Price
Firearm violence remains a significant problem in the US (with 2787 adolescents killed in 2015). However, the research on school firearm violence prevention practices and policies is scant. Parents are major stakeholders in relation to firearm violence by youths and school safety in general. The purpose of this study was to examine what parents thought schools should be doing to reduce the risk of firearm violence in schools. A valid and reliable questionnaire was mailed to a national random sample of 600 parents who had at least one child enrolled in a public secondary school (response rate = 47%)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523570/health-behavior-regarding-cardiovascular-diseases-among-nepali-adults
#18
Kritika Poudel, Naomi Sumi
The main aim was to assess Nepali adults' knowledge, health beliefs, and health promoting behaviors regarding cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). A descriptive, cross sectional study was conducted in five wards of Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City. A random sample of 300 Nepali individuals aged 20-65 years completed the heart disease knowledge questionnaire and health beliefs related to cardiovascular diseases. The health belief model related to CVDs was used. Sociodemographic and personal information was collected...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516339/holding-manufacturers-of-defective-firearms-to-account-does-restricting-liability-lawsuits-violate-the-second-amendment
#19
Neil J Nusbaum
Judicial and statutory developments since 2005 have placed considerable roadblocks in the way of legal efforts against the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. Although the Second Amendment is most often cited by those opposed to gun control, it offers a potential opportunity to be invoked in support of harm minimization.
May 17, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509955/volunteers-experiences-delivering-a-community-university-chronic-disease-health-awareness-program-for-south-asian-older-adults
#20
Polly Ford-Jones, Tamara Daly
Volunteers and voluntary organizations can connect preventative health care programs to communities and may play an important role in addressing the health needs of older adults. Despite this, tensions may exist in the structures that drive volunteers and voluntary organizations representing immigrant communities to provide unpaid labour to augment and supplement health care services. Furthermore, organizational challenges may exist for community agencies relying on volunteers to sustain a health screening and education program...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Community Health
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