Boston well represented at public health meeting

Boston researchers had plenty to offer at this week’s American Public Health Association meeting. Browse or search the meeting web site for more. Or, check out the event’s blog for a post  on a talk about healrh reform by state health chief John Auerbach.

 Here are a couple of studies presented at the meeting:   

 Boston’s Community Asthma Initiative came up well in one study, which found the program “significantly decreased admissions, ED visits, missed school and missed work days at 12 months of follow-up, and provides a successful model of asthma care that can be replicated nationally and influence policy to address social determinants of health. “

Community Asthma Initiative (CAI) was developed to provide nurse case management, home visits, and community connections to reduce health disparities for children with asthma in Boston. Methods: Services provided included nurse case management for an individualized care plan, coordination with primary care, allergist, and community resources; and home visits, including environmental assessment, integrated pest management, and asthma education.

  A joint BU/Harvard study on youth violence asked who is fighting with whom.

 Although many presume that the prevalence of “fighting” reflects the prevalence of “peer” fighting, it may include fighting between siblings and dating partners as well. We examined who youth fought with using data from the “Boston Youth Survey” (BYS), a biennial survey of a random sample of public high school students in Boston, MA (n=1,878). The BYS includes multiple items about aggressive behavior, including three measures on fighting within the past month. …Twenty-one percent reported a fight with a peer, 7.3% reported a fight with a dating partner, and 15.3% reported a fight with a sibling. Girls were more likely to report fights with siblings and intimates, whereas boys were more likely to report fights with peers. One-third (31%) of youth reported having been in a fight with a sibling, a peer, a dating partner, or any combination thereof; 68.9% of whom indicated that they fought with a peer. The prevalence of fighting among adolescents varies by the type of relationship that is specified and by sex. Therefore, we recommend specification of the relationships under study when surveying adolescents about fighting.

The meeting also included comments from Howard Koh, the former Mass health commissioner who is now Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



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