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Heinert, S., Del Rios, M., Arya, A., Amirsoltani, R., Quasim, N., Gehm, L., . . . Vanden Hoek, T. (2018). The CHAMPIONS NETWork: Training Chicago high school students as health advocates to improve health equity. Health Promotion Practice. Advance online publication. (Original DOI:10.1177/1524839918757755) In the OnlineFirst version of this article, the funding acknowledgment was omitted. The work described above was supported by the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, and the Baxter International Foundation (grant number 19176)...
March 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
P Karen Simmavong, Loretta M Hillier, Robert J Petrella
Health eSteps is a pragmatic, evidence-based lifestyle prescription program aimed at reducing the rates of chronic disease, in particular, type 2 diabetes. A process evaluation was completed to assess the feasibility of the implementation of HealtheSteps in primary care and community-based settings across Canada. Key informant interviews (program providers and participants) were conducted to identify facilitators and barriers to implementation and opportunities for future program adaptation and improvement...
March 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Jody C Gan
Service learning experiences abroad provide an excellent opportunity for seasoned health educators to share their skills with underresourced communities in other parts of the world while enriching their own professional development. Health educators have not traditionally participated in short-term medical service trips, which have become a popular humanitarian effort, yet their contributions can expand the scope of these efforts. With our responsibilities often focused on assessing needs, planning, implementing, and evaluation, seasoned health educators can provide guidance for new initiatives and share health promotion materials and other resources with communities in other parts of the world...
March 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Jennifer Mosst
Disease prevention is an effective means for improving health outcomes and reducing the cost burden of chronic diseases. Prevention Diaries is a collection of short accounts and learnings with the goal of making the case for prevention as a transformative tool to drive health and social change. The book provides insight from the field and outlines why prevention is the solution to many social challenges and provides innovative ideas that are needed to advance the prevention agenda. The book was designed for newcomers to public health and students of health and related fields, and is also a tool for health leaders and health practitioners interested in moving the needle from crisis intervention to community-level prevention...
March 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Ryan J Petteway, Payam Sheikhattari, Fernando Wagner
The growing prominence of community-based participatory research (CBPR) presents as an opportunity to improve tobacco-related intervention efforts. CBPR collaborations for tobacco/health, however, typically engage only adults, thus affording only a partial understanding of community context as related to tobacco. This is problematic given evidence around age of tobacco use initiation and the influence of local tobacco environments on youth. The CEASE and Resist youth photovoice project was developed as part of the Communities Engaged and Advocating for a Smoke-free Environment (CEASE) CBPR collaboration in Southwest Baltimore...
March 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Cynthia R Pearson, Lucy Smartlowit-Briggs, Annie Belcourt, Michele Bedard-Gilligan, Debra Kaysen
OBJECTIVES: To describe our partnership and research infrastructure development strategies and discuss steps in developing a culturally grounded framework to obtain data and identify a trauma-informed evidence-based intervention. METHOD: We present funding strategies that develop and maintain the partnership and tools that guided research development. We share how a community research committee was formed and the steps taken to clarify the health concern and develop a culturally tailored framework...
March 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Shabnum Durrani, Meg Lucik, Richard Safeer
Organizations often fail to establish a clear awareness of what employees consider fair when implementing changes to employee benefits in the workplace. In 2016, the Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS) enhanced their tobacco control efforts. In addition to enhanced smoking cessation benefits, employees were offered an increased reduction in their insurance premiums if they were nonsmokers. To qualify for the reduction, employees participated in testing rather than relying on self-reporting as had been done in the past...
February 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Emily A Schmied, Emmeline Chuang, Hala Madanat, Jamie Moody, Leticia Ibarra, Kenia Ortiz, Karla Macias, Guadalupe X Ayala
Low parent engagement is frequently identified as a barrier to effective implementation of family-based childhood obesity prevention and control programs. A more nuanced understanding of factors affecting parent engagement is important for improving implementation and, ultimately, program efficacy. This qualitative study examined factors influencing parent engagement in a family-based childhood obesity prevention and control program. Semistructured interviews informed by the health belief model and the transtheoretical model were conducted with 22 predominantly Latina mothers following the scheduled conclusion of program activities...
February 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Shaina Riciputi, Paige Boyer, Meghan H McDonough, Frank J Snyder
4-H PALS is an afterschool positive youth development program for pre- and early adolescents delivered within the 4-H platform and designed to use physical activity to promote character development. The conceptual framework for this program, informed by the theory of triadic influence, prioritizes the social environment created during physical activities to promote adaptive outcomes. Given the novelty of the 4-H PALS curriculum, it is important to outline program components and identify both strengths and challenges to be addressed...
February 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Jessica Alicea-Planas, Kelly Sullivan, Hang Tran, Anna Cruz
More than one third of U.S adults are considered obese, and childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years. Food security can influence obesity, in particular, within inner cities where access to healthy food is often limited. The use of a mobile food truck program (with refrigeration) was implemented in two large inner cities in Connecticut as part of an initiative aimed at helping low-income families with young children gain access to healthy food and nutrition education. Collaborating with community child care centers was used...
February 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Paul G Devereux, John Gray, Susan Robinson, Janie Galvin, Jesse Gutierrez
A theory-driven tailored intervention developed in partnership with the community used evidence-based practices to (a) increase knowledge about colon cancer and screening and (b) assist patients in completing screenings. During the 16 months of delivery screening, patient navigators integrated into gastroenterology clinics met all goals, which included (a) enrolling an ethnically diverse group of participants ( N = 415) through inreach (clinic-referred patients who did not schedule appointments) and community outreach, (b) facilitating screening completions for 217 of the 358 (61%) patients identified as needing screening, and (c) obtaining satisfaction ratings from 89% of participants...
February 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Karen Stradford Boyce, Madeline Travers, Betty Rothbart, Vivian Santiago, Jane Bedell
CONTEXT: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth show higher rates of sexual risk behaviors than heterosexual and cisgender youth; yet, most school-based sexual health education is largely heteronormative and cisnormative and does not recognize the spectrum of sexual and gender identity. New York City's Departments of Health and Education collaborated to create an LGBT-inclusive supplement to the Reducing the Risk curriculum and implement it in 21 South Bronx high schools...
February 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Sara Heinert, Marina Del Rios, Arjun Arya, Ramin Amirsoltani, Nasseef Quasim, Lisa Gehm, Natalia Suarez, Terry Vanden Hoek
In Chicago, major disparities exist across ethnic groups, income levels, and education levels for common chronic conditions and access to care. Concurrently, many of Chicago's youth are unemployed, and the number of minorities pursuing health professions is low. In an effort to eliminate this health equity gap, the University of Illinois at Chicago convened a community-university-hospital partnership to implement the CHAMPIONS NETWork (Community Health And eMPowerment through Integration Of Neighborhood-specific Strategies using a Novel Education & Technology-leveraged Workforce)...
February 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Christopher Ringwalt, Catherine Sanford, Nabarun Dasgupta, Apostolos Alexandridis, Agnieszka McCort, Scott Proescholdbell, Nidhi Sachdeva, Karin Mack
Effective community-based actions are urgently needed to combat the ongoing epidemic of opioid overdose. Community readiness (CR) has been linked to communities' support for collective action, which in turn has been associated with the success of community-wide prevention strategies and resulting behavior change. Our study, conducted in North Carolina, assessed the relationship between CR and two indices of opioid overdose. County-level data included a survey of health directors that assessed CR to address drug overdose prevention programs, surveillance measures of opioid overdose collected from death records and emergency departments, and two indicators of general health-related status...
February 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Christine T Bozlak, James M Kenady, Adam B Becker
Childhood obesity remains a public health problem requiring mobilization across diverse social and political sectors. The faith-based sector can contribute to obesity prevention advocacy when existing resources are supported and leveraged. This article describes an advocacy resource assessment conducted in six Chicago faith organizations. Key administrators and congregation members were surveyed to identify organizational resources that could be mobilized for childhood obesity prevention advocacy. Survey data were analyzed using SPSS and Excel...
January 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Elizabeth M Glowacki, Susan Kirtz, Jessica Hughes Wagner, Jessica Duncan Cance, Denise Barrera, Jay M Bernhardt
OBJECTIVE: Text-messaging interventions positively affect health behaviors, but their use on college campuses has been limited. Text messaging serves as a relatively affordable way to communicate with large audiences and is one of the preferred modes of communication for young adults. This study examined the feasibility and acceptability of a campus-wide, health text-messaging program. PARTICIPANTS: The subscriber pool consisted of approximately 6,000 undergraduate students from a large, southern university...
January 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Erin L P Bradley, Madeline Y Sutton, Eric Cooks, Brittney Washington-Ball, Zaneta Gaul, Susan Gaskins, Pamela Payne-Foster
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disproportionately affects Blacks/African Americans, particularly those residing in the southern United States. HIV-related stigma adversely affects strategies to successfully engage people in HIV education, prevention, and care. Interventions targeting stigma reduction are vital as additional tools to move toward improved outcomes with HIV prevention and care, consistent with national goals. Faith institutions in the South have been understudied as partners in HIV stigma-reduction efforts, and some at-risk, Black/African American communities are involved with southern faith institutions...
January 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Stacey A Van Gelderen, Kelly A Krumwiede, Norma K Krumwiede, Candace Fenske
PURPOSE: To describe the application of the Community-Based Collaborative Action Research (CBCAR) framework to uplift rural community voices while conducting a community health needs assessment (CHNA) by formulating a partnership between a critical access hospital, public health agency, school of nursing, and community members to improve societal health of this rural community. METHOD: This prospective explorative study used the CBCAR framework in the design, collection, and analysis of the data...
January 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Kakul Joshi, Samantha Smith, Shari D Bolen, Amanda Osborne, Michele Benko, Erika S Trapl
INTRODUCTION: Although community-clinical linkages can improve chronic disease management, little is known regarding strategies for program implementation. We describe implementation of a unique produce prescription program for patients with hypertension (PRxHTN) involving 3 safety net clinics and 20 farmers' markets (FMs). STRATEGY: Safety net clinics were invited to participate, and provider-leads received assistance in (1) developing a process flow to screen for food insecurity among hypertensive adults for program referral, (2) integrating the program into their electronic health record for scheduling, and (3) counseling patients on PRxHTN/FM use...
January 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Abby M Lohr, Maia Ingram, Annabelle V Nuñez, Kerstin M Reinschmidt, Scott C Carvajal
Despite the proliferation of community-clinical linkage (CCL) interventions with community health workers (CHWs), little is known about the components of these programs or how linkages are realized. In this scoping review, we synthesize evidence concerning the role of CHWs in creating and sustaining CCLs aimed at improving individual health outcomes. Our inclusion criteria included peer-reviewed articles that described a CHW intervention in the United States that used a CCL model. A total of 2,776 titles and/or abstracts were screened and 47 articles underwent full text review...
January 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
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