Massachusetts

Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

A significant practical, yet perhaps under-appreciated, barrier to a more active role of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) institutions in research is the organizational infrastructure required for submitting and managing research grants.

Author(s): 
Wayne, Peter M.
Pensack, Lawrence M.
Connors, Ellen M.
Buring, Julie E.
Davis, Roger B.
Schachter, Steve C.
Hrbek, Andrea
Kaptchuk, Ted J.
Andrews, Sally M.
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

A significant practical, yet perhaps under-appreciated, barrier to a more active role of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) institutions in research is the organizational infrastructure required for submitting and managing research grants.

Author(s): 
Wayne, Peter M.
Pensack, Lawrence M.
Connors, Ellen M.
Buring, Julie E.
Davis, Roger B.
Schachter, Steve C.
Hrbek, Andrea
Kaptchuk, Ted J.
Andrews, Sally M.
Publication Title: 
JAMA neurology

IMPORTANCE: Family studies of centenarians and long-lived persons have found substantial familial aggregation of survival to extreme ages; however, the extent to which such familial longevity is characterized by cognitively intact survival is not established. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether families with exceptional longevity are protected against cognitive impairment consistent with Alzheimer disease. DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis. SETTING: Multisite study in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Denmark.

Author(s): 
Cosentino, Stephanie
Schupf, Nicole
Christensen, Kaare
Andersen, Stacy L.
Newman, Anne
Mayeux, Richard
Publication Title: 
Health Education Quarterly

Since the release of the Surgeon General's report, Healthy People, the general public has been barraged with health information and advice by the popular media. Accordingly, this article introduces a method for examining the public's beliefs about the importance of behavioral risk factors associated with health and longevity. The factorial survey approach--a technique appropriate for studying normative beliefs--seems uniquely suited to measuring the degree of public consensus regarding complex social phenomena.

Author(s): 
Love, M. B.
Thurman, Q.
Publication Title: 
Childhood Obesity (Print)

BACKGROUND: A 2005 Institute of Medicine report argues that "prevention of obesity in children and youth is, ultimately, about community," yet the literature lacks empirical research on what communities are doing to prevent childhood obesity. This research helps fill this gap and highlights promising practices.

Author(s): 
Porter, Christine M.
Publication Title: 
Public Health Nursing (Boston, Mass.)

In central Massachusetts a large urban parish asked the University of Massachusetts, Amherst School of Nursing to conduct a community assessment for the church and newly employed parish nurse. The aims of the assessment were: to determine the health status of parishioners, identify their perceived health needs and perceived barriers in meeting those needs, and to assist the church and parish nurse in developing a health program for their faith community. Findings of the assessment are based on questionnaire and focus group data.

Author(s): 
Swinney, J.
Anson-Wonkka, C.
Maki, E.
Corneau, J.
Publication Title: 
Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry

Agonias, meaning "the agonies," is a culture-specific somatic phenomenon experienced by Azorean immigrants. Although the community's health providers conceptualize agonias as an "anxiety disorder," interviews with community members revealed a more complex phenomenon. For them, agonias is a somatomoral experience--where the somatic, the social, the religious and the moral are inextricably linked.

Author(s): 
James, Susan
Publication Title: 
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved

Although most U.S. Latinos identify as Catholic, few studies have focused on the influence of this religious tradition on health beliefs among this population. This study explores the role of Catholic religious teachings, practices, and ministry on cancer screening knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among Latinos. Eight focus groups were conducted with 67 Catholic Latino parishioners in Massachusetts. Qualitative analysis provided evidence of strong reliance on faith, God, and parish leaders for health concerns.

Author(s): 
Allen, Jennifer D.
Leyva, Bryan
Torres, A. Idal
Ospino, Hosffman
Tom, Laura
Rustan, Sarah
Bartholomew, Amanda
Publication Title: 
Social Science & Medicine (1982)

Through two case studies of Catholic parishes in Massachusetts, this study explores the implications of leader-centered versus distributed leadership in Catholic parishes for the implementation of evidence-based health interventions. The two parishes involved in the study differ from each other in several ways. In the first, parishioners are less engaged in leadership activities at the decision-making level in the parish. A small group of lay volunteers work with the parish priest and other ordained leaders on parish activities.

Author(s): 
NegrÛn, Rosalyn
Leyva, Bryan
Allen, Jennifer
Ospino, Hosffman
Tom, Laura
Rustan, Sarah
Publication Title: 
Health Promotion Practice

BACKGROUND: We describe activities undertaken to conduct organizational surveys among faith-based organizations in Massachusetts as part of a larger study designed to promote parish-based cancer control programs for Latinos. METHOD: Catholic parishes located in Massachusetts that provided Spanish-language mass were eligible for study participation. Parishes were identified through diocesan records and online directories. Prior to parish recruitment, we implemented a variety of activities to gain support from Catholic leaders at the diocesan level.

Author(s): 
Allen, Jennifer D.
Tom, Laura S.
Leyva, Bryan
Rustan, Sarah
Ospino, Hosffman
Negron, Rosalyn
Torres, Maria Idali
Galeas, Ana V.

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