Asthma, Contextual Stress, and CBPR: Engaging Community and Healthcare Provider Perceptions of Contextual Influences on Childhood Asthma through Concept Mapping

Disproportionately high asthma morbidity and mortality exists among socioeconomically disadvantaged children living in urban areas. Growing evidence shows that exposure to chronic stress predicts future asthma exacerbations in children. However, the influence of neighborhood-level factors on stress and asthma morbidity among urban youth remains poorly understood. This mixed methods study utilized concept mapping methods to engage residents of two underserved communities as well as primary healthcare practitioners to identify and prioritize neighborhood factors that may influence, positively or negatively, childhood asthma. Findings provide key insight to breadth and influence of the impact of diverse social and structural influences upon childhood asthma and asthma disparities. Results will generate testable hypotheses regarding neighborhood influences on childhood asthma care and inform the design of behavioral and public health asthma care and control programs for youth.

When Apr 02, 2012
from 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Where Bondurant Hall, 4074
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Contact Phone 9198432883
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Michael Yonas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Deputy Director of the Community Engagement Core within the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. He completed his DrPH and MPH degrees from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and post-doctoral training in principles of partnered research as a Kellogg Health Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His mixed methods research utilizes traditional and innovative creative methodologies to understand and address social and environmental influences and stressors such as family and community violence, impacting acute and chronic disease conditions of childhood asthma, health and well-being of individuals living within economically disadvantages settings.

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