Steven Ramondt, PhD Candidate, and I presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Preventive Oncology in Seattle. Steven's presentation presented an adaptation of the Cancer Information Overload Scale to assess diet information overload, and also validated a short, 5-item version of the model. My presentation focused on misperceptions of diet and disease risk among bicultural Mexican-American women.
Mapping the health information landscape in a rural region: Implications for interventions to reduce information inequality
Our new publication examining rural health information disparities is out in the Journal of Primary Prevention.
I am so very proud of this publication - not only is it the very first project I started at UC Merced, but it was the very first project that I got to work on with students. This is the project that my current PhD student, Erendira "Dida" Estrada, worked on as an undergraduate student, and our work together helped to motivate her to apply to graduate school. Dida and Ariana were genuine collaborators on this project, despite having never done research nor having any background in health communication.
Our findings have helped to lay the foundation for an intervention that we are developing to improve the health information available in this community. Thank you to the Hellman Family Foundation for funding this project. A major thank you to the anonymous reviewers whose feedback improved this manuscript.
Please check out the full-text article for free here and be sure to cite it!
Ramírez, A.S., Estrada, E., & Ruiz, A. (2017). Mapping the health information landscape in a rural region: Implications for interventions to reduce information inequality. Journal of Primary Prevention. doi: 10.1007/s10935-017-0466-7
Our study based on the first round of audience evaluation data from the CDC-funded Partnerships to Improve Community Health - Merced County was recently published in Preventing Chronic Disease. Find the full text here (full access is free!). See also news coverage from UC Merced: Despite farms, some in valley struggle to find fresh food.
Valdez, Z., Ramírez, A.S., Estrada, E., Nathan, S., & Grassi, K. (2016). Community perspectives on access to healthy food in rural, low-resource, Latino communities. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13: 160250. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5888/pcd13.160250
New work describing the adaptation of the National Cancer Institute's HealthyYouTXT diet intervention was just published in the Journal of Health Communication. We describe lessons for future cultural and linguistic adaptation as well as challenges in such work.
Find the full text here or email if you can't access it.
Cameron, L.D., Durazo, A., Ramírez, A.S., Ultreras, M., Piva, S., & Corona, R. (2017). Cultural and Linguistic Adaptation of a Healthy Diet Text Message Intervention for Hispanic Adults. Journal of Health Communication. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2016.1276985
Research Highlight: Formative Evaluation and Strategic Media for Chronic Disease Prevention Communication Campaign
Katie Johnson, communication project manager, and Erendira Estrada, PhD student, presented results from the first two years of the Partnerships to Improve Community Health - Merced County grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in Denver this week.
If you missed the presentations and want some of the highlights, please contact us for some top-line results and check back soon for full manuscripts that are in press.
Communication, Culture, and Health Research Team presentations at the American Public Health Association annual meeting in Denver.
Love this shot of the Spring 2016 undergraduate team from our photoshoot with UC photographer Elena Zhukova. Thanks to everyone's hard work all semester!
This summer has been about wrapping up spring projects, writing, writing, and writing, and training new undergraduate data collectors. Stay in touch with the lab for updates of soon-to-be-published manuscripts and lots of new data collected.
For more information: http://www.communicationculturehealth.org/participate.html
A. Susana Ramirez
Assistant Professor of Public Health Communication