Culturally appropriate care and health education

From the AHRQ Health Innovations Exchange from August 14: The featured Innovations describe three programs that provided culturally and linguistically appropriate health care and education to specific target populations. The programs include one that delivered a community-based, culturally tailored education program to low-income, predominantly elderly Korean immigrants with type 2 diabetes to improve self-management; another … Continue reading Culturally appropriate care and health education

Clinical-community relationships as a pathway to improve health – Webinar from AHRQ

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): AHRQ is sponsoring a webinar on how clinical-community relationships can enhance health care delivery. It will provide an overview of recent efforts on these relationships and the need for measures to evaluate their effectiveness. The webinar will be led by Janice L. Genevro, Ph.D., of AHRQ’s Center … Continue reading Clinical-community relationships as a pathway to improve health – Webinar from AHRQ

School, community-based intervention programs can prevent childhood obesity

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): Combining diet and physical activity interventions showed benefit in reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children when used in a variety of home, school, and community settings, according to a new review by AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program. Approximately 17 percent of U.S. children … Continue reading School, community-based intervention programs can prevent childhood obesity

New Health Communication Science Digest available

This month in the Digest several papers explore the uses, benefits, and limitations of new media in public health communication. Other studies examine how media news and entertainment content may shape public perceptions ofhealth risks and healthy lifestyle behaviors. Health message design and presentation is the focus of many studies. Aspects of health literacy and risk communication are discussed in others. The June issue of the … Continue reading New Health Communication Science Digest available

Fight or flight: The body’s stress response part 1

From our friends at Mind the Science Gap: Like any system, it’s important to first understand how it was meant to function before really appreciating how it breaks down. The stress-response is a perfect example of a system that was originally intended for short-term emergencies, but has now morphed into a system that constantly bears … Continue reading Fight or flight: The body’s stress response part 1

There’s a fly in my tweets: How social media can help catch food-poisoning outbreaks

From the Gray Matter blog at the New York Times: Many important public health questions are difficult and costly to answer. What kind of risks do highly localized sources of pollution, like dry cleaners that use volatile chemicals, pose to the health of nearby residents? Are people with many friends healthier, or do those friendships … Continue reading There’s a fly in my tweets: How social media can help catch food-poisoning outbreaks