Volume 2 Issue 2

Volume 2 Issue 2

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Research Article

Effectiveness of a Single, Low Cost Hispanic Women Prevention Program in Terms of Knowledge Gain

Seth W Jelinek1, Benjamin C Salgado1, Uju E Nnameka1, Maricela Wilson2, Henry T Robertson3, Alejandro Moreno*1

Recent healthcare reforms, such as the introduction of accountable care organizations, payments for health outcomes, and patient-centered medical homes, are gradually bringing disease prevention goals to the forefront of our healthcare system [1]. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) represent a priority among primary prevention programs as it is the main cause of mortality and expenditure in the United States [2,3]. Community preventive programs appear to be effective at reducing the 10-year CVD risk according to systematic reviews of the literature [4,5].

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Research Article

Messaging to the Messengers: An Ethnographic Study of Latino Ethnic Media and Health Reporting in the Los Angeles Community

Alejandra Casillas MD, MSHS*1, Gery Ryan, PhD2, Sara Cook, MPH, CHES3, Jose R. Quintanilla4, Raymond Perry MD, MSHS5, Rita Singhal MD, MPH6, Julian Do7, Carol M. Mangione MD, MSPH8

The media perform an important function—informing and influencing the societal agendas of citizens, community leaders, and policy makers, simultaneously. Media coverage of health topics has been shown to influence public agendas and encourage actions at the policy and community levels [1-5]. Studies in public agenda-setting theory demonstrate that issues which the public thinks are most important are strongly influenced by media exposure and content [6-8]. Multiple studies have delineated the media’s power for settings agendas around issues like communication of health risks, marijuana use, chronic kidney disease, and emergency preparedness [9, 10]. These studies point to a link between media agenda setting and the production of applicable legislation, policy and health programming.

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Research Article

Use of Community Based Programs as Reported By Patients in Primary Care Practice

Susan X Lin1*, Anita Softness MD2, Richard Younge MD, MPH3

As health care cost in the United States continues to rise at an alarming rate, there is a growing consensus that health care providers and clinical practices have responsibilities not only to improve the care management of people with chronic conditions but also to provide effective preventive care to reduce the risk for developing adverse conditions.  Unhealthy behaviors such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, poor diet and alcohol abuse are leading risk factors  for preventable chronic conditions and premature mortalities in the US [1-4].

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