Category Archives: Chronic Diseases

Research published in the Journal of Asthma suggests soda consumption could be a point of intervention for asthmatics

In an article published in the Journal of Asthma, my colleagues and I find that soda consumption could be a point of intervention to reduce asthma severity, as we find a relationship between soda consumption and hospitalization for asthma related conditions. Soda consumption and hospital admissions among Californian adults with asthma ABSTRACT Introduction Asthma prevalence… Read More »

Article on Latino online Health Information Seeking Behavior published in JMIR

We have recently had an article published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). The team of researchers included faculty at UC Merced, Cal State Stanislaus, and Michigan State University. Online Health Information-Seeking Behavior and Confidence in Filling Out Online Forms Among Latinos: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the California Health Interview Survey, 2011-2012 Background:… Read More »

Understanding the Oral Health Needs of Young Adults at the University of California Merced: A Pilot Study

I have been awarded a Hellman Fellows Faculty Fellowship is to examine young adult oral health beliefs, knowledge, attitudes, practices and access to care among young adults attending UC Merced (UCM) in general, and those from the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) in particular. This current study builds upon an exploratory study undertaken at UCM in… Read More »


Latinos have the highest periodontitis prevalence of all US racial-ethnic groups, placing them at high risk for oral health related diseases and complications from related inflammation. US Latino adults are also at high risk because they are less likely to have visited a dentist in the last year. A 2012 general health survey of 400… Read More »

Op-ed in LA Times about recent flu research

We recently had an op-ed published in the LA Times encouraging funding for more flu vaccination campaigns among Latinos. This op-ed was based on a recently published article by myself and graduate students Jennifer Mendiola and Van Do-Reynoso titled Generational status as a determinant of influenza vaccination among Mexican-identified adults in California, 2011-12, which was… Read More »

The American Public Health Association 2015 annual meeting

I had a very insightful time at APHA in Chicago this year, I came away with more ideas for projects to start here in the SJV and had very helpful talks with other researchers.  Jennifer Mendiola presented several of the analyses we are working on at APHA. We presented as part of the three sections:… Read More »