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Preventing Chronic Disease

Sandi L Pruitt, Tammy Leonard, Lei Xuan, Richard Amory, Robin T Higashi, Oanh Kieu Nguyen, Carla Pezzia, Stephanie Swales
INTRODUCTION: Food insecurity is negatively associated with health; however, health needs may differ among people participating in food assistance programs. Our objectives were to characterize differences in health among people receiving different types of food assistance and summarize strategies for targeted recruitment and outreach of various food insecure populations. METHODS: We examined health status, behaviors, and health care access associated with food insecurity and receipt of food assistance among US adults aged 20 years or older using data from participants (N = 16,934) of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2005 through 2010...
October 13, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Victoria L Mayer, Candace R Young, Carolyn C Cannuscio, Allison Karpyn, Sarah Kounaves, Emily Strupp, Kevin McDonough, Judy A Shea
INTRODUCTION: Urban corner store interventions have been implemented to improve access to and promote purchase of healthy foods. However, the perspectives of store owners and managers, who deliver and shape these interventions in collaboration with nonprofit, government, and academic partners, have been largely overlooked. We sought to explore the views of store owners and managers on the role of their stores in the community and their beliefs about health problems and solutions in the community...
October 13, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Imelda K Moise, Marilyn O Ruiz
INTRODUCTION: Identifying at-risk groups is a challenge in post-disaster psychosocial response. Geospatial techniques can support the design and deployment of targeted and tailored interventions. This study compared spatial patterns in the distribution of hospitalizations for substance abuse disorders and associated area-level predictors before and after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana. METHODS: We used hospital data from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for 2004 (pre-Katrina) and 2008 (post-Katrina)...
October 13, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Yang Lu, Lilian Serpas, Pauline Genter, Betty Anderson, David Campa, Eli Ipp
INTRODUCTION: Despite availability of screening for diabetic retinopathy, testing is underused by many low-income and racial/ethnic minority patients with diabetes. We examined perceived barriers to diabetic retinopathy screening among low-income patients and their health care providers and provider staffers. METHODS: We collected survey data from 101 patients with diabetes and 44 providers and staffers at a safety-net clinic where annual diabetic retinopathy screening rates were low...
October 6, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Garrett R Beeler Asay, Kakoli Roy, Jason E Lang, Rebecca L Payne, David H Howard
INTRODUCTION: Employers may incur costs related to absenteeism among employees who have chronic diseases or unhealthy behaviors. We examined the association between employee absenteeism and 5 conditions: 3 risk factors (smoking, physical inactivity, and obesity) and 2 chronic diseases (hypertension and diabetes). METHODS: We identified 5 chronic diseases or risk factors from 2 data sources: MarketScan Health Risk Assessment and the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)...
October 6, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Cori Lorts, Punam Ohri-Vachaspati
INTRODUCTION: The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all patients be screened for obesity and, if needed, be provided weight-loss advice. However, the prevalence of such advice is low and varies by patient demographics. This study aimed to describe the determinants of receiving weight-loss advice among a sample with a high proportion of low-income, racial/ethnic minority individuals. METHODS: Data were collected from a telephone survey of 1,708 households in 2009 and 2010 in 5 cities in New Jersey...
October 6, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Shaina J Sowles, Melissa J Krauss, Sarah Connolly, Patricia A Cavazos-Rehg
INTRODUCTION: Vaping has increased in popularity, and the potential harms and benefits are largely unknown. Vaping-related advertising is expected to grow as the vaping industry grows; people are exposed primarily to vaping advertisements on the Internet, and Twitter is an especially popular social medium among young people. The primary objective of our study was to describe the characteristics of vaping-related advertisements on Twitter. METHODS: We collected data on 403,079 English-language tweets that appeared during November 2014 and contained vaping-related keywords...
September 29, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Kristine Zimmermann, Leslie R Carnahan, Nadine R Peacock
INTRODUCTION: Women living in rural areas in the United States experience disproportionately high rates of diseases such as obesity and heart disease and are less likely than women living in urban areas to meet daily physical activity (PA) recommendations. The purpose of our research was to understand age-specific perceptions of barriers and facilitators to rural women engaging in PA and to identify strategies to promote PA among these women. METHODS: As part of a community health assessment to learn about women's health issues, 110 adult women participated in 14 focus groups...
September 29, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Garbis A Meshefedjian, Marie-Jo Ouimet, Louis-Robert Frigault, Viviane Leaune, Sadoune Ait Kaci Azzou, Marie-Ève Simoneau
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to provide information on the effect of disparities in material deprivation, access to health care services, and lifestyle on the likelihood of undergoing screening for disease prevention. METHODS: We used data from a probability sample (N = 10,726) of the Montreal population aged 15 years or older and assessed 6 dependent variables (screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, blood glucose, and high blood pressure and receipt of the seasonal influenza vaccination), and 3 independent variables (disparities in material deprivation, access to health care services, and personal lifestyle habits)...
September 29, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Amy Meador, Jason E Lang, Whitney D Davis, Nkenge H Jones-Jack, Qaiser Mukhtar, Hua Lu, Sushama D Acharya, Meg E Molloy
Creating healthy workplaces is becoming more common. Half of employers that have more than 50 employees offer some type of workplace health promotion program. Few employers implement comprehensive evidence-based interventions that reach all employees and achieve desired health and cost outcomes. A few organization-level assessment and benchmarking tools have emerged to help employers evaluate the comprehensiveness and rigor of their health promotion offerings. Even fewer tools exist that combine assessment with technical assistance and guidance to implement evidence-based practices...
September 29, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Yong Yang
I examined trends from 2005 through 2014 in walking to work compared with other modes of travel. For each year, I calculated the percentage of travel to work by private vehicle, public transportation, and walking and used distance decay functions to analyze the distribution of walking by distance. I found that the percentage of travel to work by walking remained stable, with a slight increase over time, and that people tended to walk longer to get to work. The trend is positive and encouraging, although more evidence is needed to confirm my findings...
September 22, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Alexander Persoskie, Elisabeth A Donaldson, Brian A King
INTRODUCTION: Among young people, curiosity about tobacco products is a primary reason for tobacco experimentation and is a risk factor for future use. We examined whether curiosity about and ever-use of tobacco products among US middle and high school students changed from 2012 to 2014. METHODS: Data came from the 2012 and 2014 National Youth Tobacco Surveys, nationally representative surveys of US students in grades 6 through 12. For cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and e-cigarettes (2014 only), students were classified as ever-users or never-users of each product...
September 22, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Brandn Green, Rob Lyerla, Donna F Stroup, Alejandro Azofeifa, Patrick M High
Evidence-based programs for prevention and intervention in substance abuse are increasing. Community needs assessments and health rankings provide descriptions of local behavioral health needs but do not provide public health practitioners and policy makers with guidelines on the number of programs, health care practitioners, or interventions needed in the local substance abuse care system. This article presents a new framework for measuring and assessing the substance abuse care system in a community. The assessment can inform resource allocation across the continuum of care to more equitably and efficiently distribute interventions and care...
September 22, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Abdulkarim M Meraya, Nilanjana Dwibedi, Usha Sambamoorthi
INTRODUCTION: Our objective was to determine the relationship between polypharmacy (treatment with prescription drugs from 6 or more drug classes concurrently) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among US adults with arthritis. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study that used 2-year longitudinal data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to analyze a cohort of 6,132 adults aged over 21 years with arthritis. Measures of HRQoL were the summary scores from the mental component summary (MCS) and physical component summary (PCS) of the 12-item short-form health survey...
September 22, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Youngdeok Kim, Masataka Umeda, Marc Lochbaum, Steven Stegemeier
This study examined the concurrent associations of physical activity and screen-based sedentary behavior with sleep duration among adolescents by using data from the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2011-2013. Using latent class analysis, we identified 4 latent subgroups of adolescents with various levels of physical activity and screen-based sedentary behavior. The subgroup with high levels of physical activity and low levels of sedentary behavior generally showed greater odds of having sufficient sleep (≥8 hours/night) than the other subgroups...
September 15, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Lee Anne Roman, Ruth Enid Zambrana, Sabrina Ford, Cristian Meghea, Karen Patricia Williams
Engaging family members in an intervention to prevent breast and cervical cancer can be a way to reach underserved women; however, little is known about whether family member recruitment reaches at-risk women. This study reports the kin relationship and risk characteristics of family members who chose to participate in the Kin Keeper(SM) cancer prevention intervention, delivered by community health workers (CHWs) via existing community programs. African American, Latina, and Arab family members reported risk factors for inadequate screening, including comorbid health conditions and inadequate breast or cervical cancer literacy...
September 15, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Jackson Voelkel, Vivek Shandas, Brendon Haggerty
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September 15, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Andrew R Maroko, Thao M Doan, Peter S Arno, Megan Hubel, Shirley Yi, Deborah Viola
We assessed the appropriate geographic scale to apply an area deprivation index (ADI), which reflects a geographic area's level of socioeconomic deprivation and is associated with health outcomes, to identify and screen patients for social determinants of health. We estimated the relative strength of the association between the ADI at various geographic levels and a range of hospitalization rates by using age-adjusted odds ratios in an 8-county region of New York State. The 10-km local ADI estimates had the strongest associations with all hospitalization rates (higher odds ratios) followed by estimates at 20 km, 30 km, and the regional scale...
September 15, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
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[This corrects the article DOI: 10.5888/pcd13.160056.].
September 15, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
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[This corrects the article DOI: 10.5888/pcd13.160262.].
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