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
A. Susana Ramirez
Assistant Professor of Public Health Communication