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Providers Can Brush Up on Oral Health Literacy with New Toolkit

The California Oral Health Literacy Toolkit is now available. The five digital resources in the toolkit are designed to help oral healthcare providers understand and use health literacy best practices, such as teach-back.The toolkit includes:

Fri, 08/06/2021

Improving STD Screening Rates

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection, which mostly affects young adults. Chlamydia usually has no symptoms, so people often don't know they have it. All sexually active women younger than 25 should be tested every year, according to guidelines from the United States Preventive Services Task Force. And the Centers for Disease Control recommend that everyone who tests positive for chlamydia should have a follow-up test 3 months later.

Community Feedback Strengthens Health Information

HRA’s research team has been working to increase awareness of and screening rates for colorectal cancer among older adults of South Asian descent. As part of this project, led by Dr. Susan L. Ivey, the team developed two educational brochures about colorectal cancer and the benefits of getting screened.

The two brochures have the same text but different designs. Both take advantage of insights gained during focus groups with South Asian men and women.

Wed, 03/08/2017

HRA Helps Alameda County Combat Asthma

HRA is working with Alameda County to reduce childhood asthma, supported by an innovative funding model called Pay for Success.

Fri, 01/20/2017

Oral Health Literacy Project

HRA has partnered with the California Department of Public Health's Office of Oral Health on a multiyear, multimodal project to assess the health literacy of oral healthcare providers in the state.    Phase 1 was focused on formative research about the state of oral health literacy in California. HRA interviewed providers about their knowledge of oral health literacy and communication strategies and identified barriers to effective communication.

Wed, 05/12/2021

Oral Health Project Featured in Special Report

Oral health intervention work by HRA faculty Dr. Karen Sokal-Gutierrez and Dr. Susan Ivey is featured in a new special report produced by Scientific American.

Fri, 11/04/2016

In Memoriam: Howard Barkan MPH ’79, DrPH ’80

Health Research for Action lost a valued colleague this summer, when longtime consultant Dr. Howard Barkan died suddenly. Read more about his life and work here.

Thu, 10/06/2016

Professor Neuhauser appointed Visiting Professor at Nanjing Youdian University

(October 2015) HRA's Co-PI, Professor Linda Neuhauser, was appointed Visiting Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nanjing Youdian University in Nanjing, China. This appointment will strengthen research and teaching exchanges between UC Berkeley and Nanjing Youdian University, specifically in the areas of social determinants of health, participatory design and development of health and social programs.
Tue, 12/08/2015

China Worker Wellness Project partners visit from Changzhou, China

January 22: Colleagues from the Changzhou (China) Department of Health and Family Planning visited HRA to discuss the China Worker Wellness Project. HRA is partnering with the City of Changzhou to develop and evaluate a participatory approach to worker-initiated health interventions for migrant factory workers.

Thu, 01/22/2015

The First Bay Area Korean Needs Assessment

HRA is collaborating with the Korean Community Center of the East Bay (KCCEB) to conduct the first major Korean community assessment in the San Francisco Bay Area. Researchers will survey 400 Koreans across the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties). We will evaluate extensive health and social needs of Koreans in the Bay Area.

Fri, 03/21/2014


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