Volume 1 Issue 1
Letter to the Editor
Delays in Patient Waiting Times at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Hospitals in Cities with Sizeable Hispanic Populations
Steven S. Coughlin*
The systemic problems that have plagued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including the use of bogus waiting lists for Veterans seeking care at VA healthcare facilities and other lapses in organizational ethics and personal integrity, have prompted an audit by the VA, an investigation by the VA Office of Inspector General, and efforts by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to assist Veterans by reforming the Department. However, the information released by the VA and recent Congressional testimony neglects an important facet of this situation. VA healthcare facilities located in cities with sizeable Hispanic populations are less likely to have scheduled patient visits within 30 days.
Improving School-Based Health Care through a Truly Interprofessional Approach
Anthony Paul Breitbach*
Wellness in youth sets the stage for health later in life. Chronic diseases such as Type II diabetes and sports injuries such as concussion require an interprofessional approach. In schools where nurses and athletic trainers are both present, many times they act independently. Despite having a common primary care mission and complementary training, they use separate facilities, supplies and medical records. New school-based initiatives exist, but have not included athletic trainers. An Interprofessional School Based Health Care (IP-SBHW) plan is proposed where nurses and athletic trainers coordinate health care at a school using complementary roles, a common physical facility and a common medical record.
Parents’ BMI and Weight Perception are Associated with Overweight and Obesity among Children in Michigan Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Families
Won O Song, Ph.D*, SuJin Song, Ph.D, Andie Gonzalez, M.P.H, Dayeon Shin, M.S, Violeta Nieves, B.S
Children from Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker (MSFW) families are vulnerable to obesity, but little is known about the risk factors of obesity in this population. We examined the risk factors of overweight/obesity among Michigan MSFW’s children. Participants were recruited from five Telamon’s Michigan Migrant Head Start (MMHS) centers between July and August 2013. A total of 76 families who had at least one child enrolled in the MMHS completed the survey in English or Spanish. An online survey questionnaire was used for collection of data on parent’s sociodemographic characteristics, lifestyle, nutrition knowledge level, and perception on weight status, and food security status of household.
Identifying, Training, and Monitoring Community Health Workers in A Community- Based Diabetes Prevention Study
Joyce M. Sydell MEd, RD, LDN, Donna Kernodle MPH, RD, LDN, CDE , Caroline S. Blackwell BS*, Mara Z. Vitolins DrPH, MPH, RD
The Healthy Living Partnerships to Prevent Diabetes (HELP PD) study is designed to translate the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle intervention into a community-based setting using trained community health workers (CHWs) promoting lifestyle change.Registered dietitians were responsible for training, continuing education, and supervision of the CHWs who were recruited from the patient population of the Diabetes Care Center of Wake Forest Baptist Health. 10 CHWs were recruited and trained and 8 of these led at least one two-year intervention group.CHW training included training in group facilitation, use of a peer mentoring model, and continuing evaluation and education.
Herbal contraception for the women community: A safe and effective alternative
Sonali Bhakta, Shonkor Kumar Das*
Alternative medicine is becoming more popular day by day having no baleful effects as of the synthetic ones. Women community is the prime concern in relation to contraception and the most commonly used method of contraception is the taking of synthetic oral pill which has several detrimental effects, may lead to permanent sterility.Hibiscus rosasinensis is an ornamental plant having antifertility effect (Nidhi et al., 2009).
Development of Educational PPGIS Risk-Communication Tools and Application to Evaluating Urban Soils
Yuqin Jiao, Wansoo Im, Nicholas Basta, John Obrycki, Mohammad Z. Al-Hamdan, Allison Wilder, Claire Bollinger, Tongwen Zhang, Charmi Patel, Denerica Curry, Michael Allen, Jessica Hamilton, Yvonne Efebera, Slessor Fombang, Elizabeth L. Singh, Premal Bhatt, John Boudouris, Alyson Gray, Daniel Collins, Jen Eggerichs, Iness Jedidi, Ludie Hatten Sr., Jerrie Hatten, Yvonne Davis, Sylvia Parker, Joanne Drake, Lauretta Freeman, Diane Davis, Phenon Lowery, Richard C. Williams, Tony Freeman and Darryl B. Hood*
The goal of this study was to utilize established partnerships between academia, local public health agencies and community residents to evaluate residential soil levels and inform residents as to the potential risks from traffic related or industrial sources of pollution located in close proximity to this residential communities. Public participatory geographical information systems (PPGIS) demographic, environmental, socioeconomic, and health status profiles for the Stambaugh-Elwood (SE) community were developed using both (www.mappler.info/ohio) and EJSCREEN. We hypothesized that the soil at SE residences would have metal concentrations above natural background levels.
Underutilization of Social Health Insurance by Kenya’s Informal Sector Populations: Staid Voices
Globally, health insurance is increasingly being preferred to finance health care costs. Countries like Kenya with existing National health insurance schemes for formal sector workers have recently extended social health insurance (SHI) programmes to people outside the formal sector in an effort to increase access to healthcare. However, developing effective approaches for access to health care through SHI for people in the informal sector still faces challenges of enrolment.