Public Health Yearbook 2015

Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc,
Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Health and Human Development
BISAC: MED069000



Volume 10

Issue 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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In this Public Health Yearbook 2015 we will touch upon several public health topics having in mind the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Public health efforts can only be successful if attention is paid to the interconnectedness between the population’s perception of the disease, their cultural practices relating to death, dying, and the treatment of corpses, their ecosystem (including their food culture, garbage disposal, and overall sanitation culture), their socialization methods, and their cultural practices and perceptions of isolation and human security.

It is essential for governments to provide essential information relating to the nature of the disease and the risks associated with it as well as create awareness through culturally congruent education and sensitization methods. West African governments must engage with community members and learn about their perceptions of the disease and of their own safety. Public health providers must also learn about and utilize control and prevention strategies that are community-based. We hope this Yearbook and the research will be of interest to our readers.
(Imprint: Nova Biomedical)


Ebola, Public Health and Diverse Cultures
(Cecilia S Obeng, Samuel Obeng and Joav Merrick)

Section One - Inter-professional Collaborations in Improving Health

Chapter 1
An Inter-Governmental Approach to Childhood Obesity in Chicago, Illinois
(Christine Bozlak, Adam Becker, Jennifer Herd, Andrew Teitelman, Judah Viola, Bradley Olson and Bechara Choucair)

Chapter 2
Collaborative Efforts Towards an Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Dual Degree Program for Public Health Training in a New Rural Medical School
(Mark V White, Olapeju M Simoyan, Alberto JF Cardelle, Steven Godin, Elizabeth C Kuchinski, Erica L Townsend and Janet M Townsend)

Chapter 3
Establishing Partnerships between Public Health and Academic Partners to Address Infant Mortality
(Jennifer Mooney, Farrah Jacquez and William Scott)

Chapter 4
Effect of a Financial Education Program on the Health of Single, Low-Income Women and their Children
(Kathleen A Packard, Julie C Kalkowski, Nicole D White, Ann M Ryan-Haddad, Lisa L Black, Kathleen A Flecky, Jennifer A Furze, Lorraine M Rusch and Yongyue Qi)

Chapter 5
A Novel Financial Education Program for Single Women of Low-Income and their Children
(Nicole White, Kathleen Packard, Julie Kalkowski, Ann Ryan-Haddad, Kathy Flecky, Jennifer Furze, Lori Rusch and Lisa Black)

Chapter 6
Utilization of Peer Teen Advocates to Increase Awareness of Human Papillomavirus and Vaccination among Urban Youth
(Denise Uyar, Staci Young, Sarah Tyree-Francis and Mary Ann Kiepczynski)

Chapter 7
Innovations in Continuing Professional Education: A Model to Impact Interprofessional Collaboration
(Linda J Mast, Ateequr Rahman, Bard I Schatzman, Diane Bridges and Neil Horsley)

Chapter 8
Community Wise: A Formative Evaluation of a Community-Based Health Intervention
(Liliane Cambraia Windsor, Lauren Jessell, Teri Lassiter and Ellen Benoit)

Chapter 9
The Promising Potential Role of Sustainable Development and Conservation Related Bridging Organizations in Promoting Health
(Paivi Abernethy)

Chapter 10
The Lutiisi Academy Primary School: Using Community-Centered Design as a Catalyst for Change
(Peter J Ellery, Jane Ellery, John Motloch and Martha Hunt)

Chapter 11
Using Concept Mapping to Mobilize a Black Faith Community to Address HIV
(Magdalena Szaflarski, Lisa M Vaughn, Daniel McLinden, Yolanda Wess and Andrew Ruffner)

Chapter 12
Building Interprofessional Cultural Competence: Reflections of Faculty Engaged in Training Students to Care for the Vulnerable
(Joy Doll, Ann Ryan Haddad, Ann Laughlin, Martha Todd, Katie Packard, Jennifer Yee, Barbara Harris and Kimberly Begley)

Chapter 13
Building a Co-Created Citizen Science Program with Gardeners Neighboring a Superfund Site: The Gardenroots Case Study
(Monica D Ramirez-Andreotta, Mark L Brusseau, Janick Artiola, Raina M Maier and A Jay Gandolfi)

Chapter 14
Community-Engaged Research and Homeless Adolescents: Capturing Perceptions of Health Care and Building Lasting Relationships with the Community
(Ricky T Munoz, Jeremy S Aragon and Mark D Fox)

Chapter 15
Bridge to Care for Refugee Health: Lessons from an Interprofessional Collaboration in the Midwest
(Ruth Margalit, Laura Vinson, Christine Ngaruiya, Kara Gehring, Pam Franks, Caci Schulte, Andrew Lemke, Joshua Blood, Tyler Irvine, Chelsea Souder, Deeko Hassan, Andrea Langeveld, Carolyn Corn, Thu Hong Bui and Ann Marie Kudlacz)

Section Two - Substance Abuse

Chapter 16
Comorbidity and Treatment in Substance Use Disorders
(Brieana M Rowles, Aaron Ellington, Andrew R Tarr, John L Hertzer and Robert L Findling)

Chapter 17
Substance Abuse and Adolescent Girls
(Ruqiya Shama Tareen)

Chapter 18
College Students, Prescription Stimulant, and other Substance Abuse
(Brandon Johnson and Jeffrey H Newcorn)

Chapter 19
Adolescent Athletes and Sports Doping
(Dilip R Patel and Donald E Greydanus)

Chapter 20
Teenage Pregnancy: Prenatal Drug Exposure
(Colleen Dodich, Shalin Patel and Amanda Williams)

Section Three - Public Health Issues

Chapter 21
Measurements of Social Isolation and Social Support for Rare Lung Disease Patients: An Integrative Review
(Susan K Flavin)

Chapter 22
Alcohol Consumption in Russia during the past 50 years
(Sergei V Jargin)

Chapter 23
Exercise Culture Among Immigrants Living in the Midwestern United States
(Goodwill Apiyo and Cecilia S Obeng)

Chapter 24
Healthcare Workers’ Breastfeeding Practices and Beliefs in Ghana
(Cecilia S Obeng and Donisha Reed)

Chapter 25
Priapism in Sickle Cell Disease: Need for Imparting Sex Education in Rural India
(Ranbir S Balgir)

Chapter 26
Who do Smokers Feel Ought to be Responsible for Informing People about the Dangers Associated with Smoking and Regulating Smoking Behaviors?
(Claire E Sterk, Hugh Klein and Kirk W Elifson)

Chapter 27
Sero-Prevalence of Rubella-Specific Immunoglobulin G Antibodies and its Correlates among Blood Donors in Zambia
(Mazyanga L Mazaba-Liwewe, Mwaka Monze, Olusegun O Babaniyi, Seter Siziya, Dia Phiri, Joseph Mulenga and Charles Michelo)

Chapter 28
Parents of Children with Autism: Issues Surrounding Childhood Vaccination
(April M Young, Abigail Elliston and Lisa A Ruble)

Section Four - Health and Culture

Chapter 29
Immigrant College Students' Experiences with their American Physicians
(Cecilia S Obeng, PhD, Roberta E Emetu, MLS and Sean Bowman)

Chapter 30
Food Choices and Eating Patterns of International Students in the United States: A Phenomenological Study
(Bobbie H Saccone and Cecilia S Obeng)

Chapter 31
Parents’ Strategies to Increase Physical Activity among Elementary-Aged Children in Rural Indian
(Sean M Bowman and Cecilia S Obeng)

Chapter 32
Oral Health of Immigrant African Males in the United States
(Charity G Gichina and Cecilia S Obeng)

Chapter 33
The Influence of Religiosity on Sexual Behaviors: A Qualitative Study of Young Adults in the Midwest
(Jessica RHauser and Cecilia S Obeng)

Chapter 34
Reflections of Two-Screen Users: How People use Information Technology while Watching Sports
(Ryan P Vooris, Chase ML Smith and Cecilia S Obeng)

Chapter 35
Turkish Immigrants’ Practices and Perceptions of Voluntary HIV Testing and Counseling in the United States
(Alper Kilic and Cecilia S Obeng)

Chapter 36
Significance of Race in College Athletics: Comparing Mission Statements Across Racial Boundaries
(Chase ML Smith, Cecilia S Obeng and Gary A Sales)

Chapter 37
Encouraging Arab Women to Beat the Cancer Epidemic: An Investigation into Positive Attributes that Encourage Arab Women to Practice Prevention Methods for Cancer
(Sara A Suhaibani and Cecilia S Obeng)

Chapter 38
Culture, Health, and the use of Household Cleaning Products by African Women
(Nesrin Omer and Cecilia S Obeng)

Section Five - Acknowledgements

Chapter 39
About the Editor

Chapter 40
About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Section Six - Index


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