Faculty Publication: Hoberecht, Miller-Cribbs

November 18, 2011

Hoberecht, T., & Miller-Cribbs, J. (2011). Some health literacy aspects of a photovoice project. [Article]. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 15(4), 389-395. doi: 10.1080/15398285.2011.623590

The Tulsa Photovoice project, arising from a week-long immersive experience for students at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma, introduced medical students and others to a community-based, participatory research project. The project yielded nearly 500 photographs that documented community and relevant health issues and other survey and interview data. A preliminary examination of the data from the project reveals some aspects relating to the research participants’ health literacy and provides important insights into the communication skills of the health providers involved. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]

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Vaccines, Medicare, Minorities and More: New Reports From the National Academies Press

November 1, 2011

Check out these new titles and prepublications available from The National Academies Press (http://www.nap.edu/). All NAP titles can be read online or downloaded in PDF format free of charge! NAP publishes authoritative reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.

Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality (prepublication), Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, edited by Kathleen Stratton, Andrew Ford, Erin Rusch, and Ellen Wright Clayton

Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies (2011), Institute of Medicine, edited by Leann L. Birch, Lynn Parker, and Annina Burns

Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011), Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

Geographic Adjustment in Medicare Payment: Phase I: Improving Accuracy (prepublication), Second Edition, Board on Health Care Services

The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding (2011), Board on the Health of Select Populations

24% U.S. Counties Report More Deaths than Births

June 30, 2011

Last year, more people died than were born in nearly one-quarter of all U.S. counties, a new study shows.

This trend, known as natural decrease, is the result of younger people moving away, as well as decreases in fertility levels. Researchers from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) also found that rural areas are particularly hard hit by natural population decrease, which is taking a toll on local schools, hospitals and other family services.

“Last year, 24 percent of all U.S. counties experienced natural decrease. And, for the first time in U.S. history, deaths now exceed births in an entire state,” Kenneth Johnson, senior demographer with the Carsey Institute and professor of sociology at UNH, said in a university news release.

The state to which Johnson referred was West Virginia, the study revealed. Another key study finding: more than 90 percent of U.S. counties with a natural decrease are in rural America.

Free Ebook Downloads from the National Academies Press

June 21, 2011

Are you a digital reader? If so, you might be interested in the following news. On June 2nd, the National Academies Press (NAP) began offering the PDF versions of their reports and books as FREE downloads.

Who is the National Academies? The National Academies is a collection of four private, nonprofit institutions: the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Center. Each year, the NAP publishes over 200 authoritative books and reports that address science, engineering, and health topics.

More the 4000 NAP titles are now freely available to download. Users can choose to download entire books or individual chapters. To download a book, visit the NAP website at http://www.nap.edu/. Select a topic to browse (for example, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Education, Food & Nutrition, and Health and Medicine) and explore the available titles. Once you select a title, look for the DOWNLOAD FREE PDF option. To complete the download, you will need to create an NAP user account or register as a guest.

The following list comprises a small sampling of NAP titles:

HealthResearchFunding.Org assists unfunded research projects

June 3, 2011

Each year, there are numerous research proposals for promising new treatments that make their way through a peer-review process but do not receive funding, although they have the potential to make significant contribution to scientific discovery. The National Health Council (NHC), with input from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has developed a web database designed to bring researchers together with patient advocacy organizations and other funding sources. It’s called HealthResearchFunding.Org.

By using this database, potential research supporters among NHC membership and those outside the NHC community can avoid duplication of effort and more efficiently identify and evaluate NIH-reviewed research proposals. By utilizing the HealthReserachFunding.Org database, researchers gain an organized and unvarying environment in which to exhibit their proposals alongside their peers. Their respective research institutions could spend less time, effort, and resources looking for financial support and more time conducting research to aid in the development of new treatments for patients.

Help for Flood Victims

May 18, 2011

The MedlinePlus consumer health web site (medlineplus.gov) has created a page that links individuals to web sites providing high quality information on floods and flooding. You’ll find links to FEMA, CDC, EPA and Department of Homeland Security web sites to assist those needing information on topics such as flood disaster plans, cleanup, mold, air quality, power outages, water safety, repairing your flooded home and more.

Dr. Miller-Cribbs on young uninsured Oklahomans

May 15, 2011

Dr. Julie Miller-Cribbs, Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work here on the OU-Tulsa campus, has written a guest post on the OK Policy Blog. The post concerns the large number of uninsured Oklahomans between the age of 19 and 34, some of the possible reasons for their uninsured status, and strategies that could improve health care coverage for this group. Read the entire post here: