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A Leadership Solution To Workplace Stress, Monica L. Rousseau 2019 University of North Florida

A Leadership Solution To Workplace Stress, Monica L. Rousseau

Florida Public Health Review

Sources of stress can be found nearly everywhere: in school, at home, in traffic, and maybe most importantly –in the workplace. Chronic workplace stress, also known as “burnout”, has been linked with both psychological and physiological illnesses. As most Americans spend about halfoftheir waking hours at work, the workplace is an excellent location to evaluate specific risk factors and implement stress reducing programs. Although a number ofsuch programs are currently in practice, the majority ofthem only offer techniques and coping mechanisms to individuals already exhibiting some, or several, ofthe many severe symptoms ofchronic stress. The purpose ofthis paper is to ...


Lead The Way Florida! Raising Nutrition Awareness To Lower Obesity, Bethany M. Brunny 2019 University of North Florida

Lead The Way Florida! Raising Nutrition Awareness To Lower Obesity, Bethany M. Brunny

Florida Public Health Review

Rising obesity rates increase the potential for many chronic diseases and lower quality of life. Strong leadership in the practice ofnutrition awareness and knowledge needs to be established to reduce obesity in the state ofFlorida. Most Americans do not eat the recommended daily amounts offruits and vegetables, which partially accounts for increased obesity rates. Interventions that raise nutritional knowledge and awareness may increase fruit and vegetable intake and lower fat intake. Having nutritional knowledge is the first step to living a healthy lifestyle with a healthy weight. Changes in policy like requiring restaurants to report calorie and fat contents offood ...


Using Leadership To Address The Problem Of Obesity In The Workplace, Amber Colston 2019 University of North Florida

Using Leadership To Address The Problem Of Obesity In The Workplace, Amber Colston

Florida Public Health Review

Obesity is a growing epidemic that affects more and more Americans every year. With the majority ofAmerican adults in the workforce, obesity plays a large part in healthcare costs, absenteeism, and “presenteeism.” Because ofthe large amount oftime adults spend in the workplace, using this setting as an intervention point for healthy lifestyle change could greatly reduce the prevalence of obesity. This paper will review factors that have contributed to the problem of obesity in the workplace, namely the factors at each ofthe five levels ofthe Social Ecology ofHealth Model. Then using leadership frameworks, such as that of Transformational Leadership, this ...


Childhood Obesity In America: The Leadership Role Of Schools In Prevention, Daphnee A. Guillaume 2019 University of North Florida

Childhood Obesity In America: The Leadership Role Of Schools In Prevention, Daphnee A. Guillaume

Florida Public Health Review

Childhood obesity is a major public health concern; children are being diagnosed with adult type diseases and health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, etc. Still, over the past decade there have been many attempts by schools, and even the federal government to address the situation, yet there hasn’t been an effective model that has been able to do so. The schools in this country are not consistent when it comes to addressing the issue of childhood obesity. Out of the 50 states in this country, only 19 have nutritional standards for school meals, though all ...


Failures In The Veterans Administration And New Strategies For Leadership, Jarrett Nathaniel Brunny 2019 University of North Florida

Failures In The Veterans Administration And New Strategies For Leadership, Jarrett Nathaniel Brunny

Florida Public Health Review

World news organizations have criticized the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for endangering patient safety through negligence. Several VA medical centers - including prominent centers operating in Florida - failed to sterilize endoscopy and colonoscopy equipment. Through improper sterilization, a pathway for infection is created resulting in potential disease exposures to patients. In response, the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General investigated the reports and found that facilities did not adhere to protocol concerning reusable medical equipment (RME) problems during the practice ofperforming endoscopies and colonoscopies. The Office ofInspector General noted that the incidents reflected flaws in the fundamental ...


Addressing Colon Cancer Screening Disparities Among Overweight And Obese Women, Sara M. Kennedy 2019 University of North Florida

Addressing Colon Cancer Screening Disparities Among Overweight And Obese Women, Sara M. Kennedy

Florida Public Health Review

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in women and 60% ofdeaths from colon cancer could be prevented ifpersons 50 and older were screened regularly. Whereas physician recommendation has been identified as critical to increasing colon cancer screening, this factor may be insufficient for increasing colon cancer screening adherence among overweight and obese women. Despite having more physician visits, this population tends to receive fewer preventative services. Women who delay routine cancer screening have the highest rates ofdieting. An intervention utilizing the recommendation for screening from a weight loss advisor at an organization like may prove to be effective ...


Decreasing Unwanted Pregnancies By Increasing Use Of Emergency Contraceptive Pills (Ecps): A Leadership Approach, Kara McGinnis 2019 University of North Florida

Decreasing Unwanted Pregnancies By Increasing Use Of Emergency Contraceptive Pills (Ecps): A Leadership Approach, Kara Mcginnis

Florida Public Health Review

Unwanted pregnancies burden the U.S. healthcare system, as well as create challenges for women, families, and children. Emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) can prevent a large percentage of unwanted pregnancies if used appropriately. Factors contributing to non-use of ECPs include the negative social environment created by views on sexual health, misunderstanding concerning the mechanism ofaction, women’s misperceptions oftheir risks ofgetting pregnant and how ECPs work, barriers to obtaining ECPs, and lack of counseling about ECPs from healthcare providers. Leadership is needed to address these factors contributing to the problem. Health educators are in a unique position to lead the ...


Prostate Cancer Screening: Leadership Implications, Dorothy D. Zeviar 2019 University of North Florida

Prostate Cancer Screening: Leadership Implications, Dorothy D. Zeviar

Florida Public Health Review

TheepidemiologyofprostatecancerintheAfricanAmericanpopulationiswell-knowntohealthcarepractitioners; prostate cancer disproportionately impacts African American men 2:1 compared to Caucasian men. The Prostate Cancer Foundation hypothesizes that the increased mortality risk may be due to delayed diagnosis, poor work-up, and less complete treatment, indicating inequitable use of the health care system. The National Cancer Institute suggests that availability of health insurance and physician contact may increase screening and thus, reduce cancer mortality. Because health behaviors and health outcomes are impacted at five different levels according to the Social Ecology Model ofhealth – intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, community and social/policy levels – this report proposes that a Collaborative Leadership model ...


Formalizing Education About Public Health Leadership During Professional Preparation, Robert J. McDermott 2019 University of North Florida

Formalizing Education About Public Health Leadership During Professional Preparation, Robert J. Mcdermott

Florida Public Health Review

This year is the fourth year that the Florida Public Health Review (FPHR) has published student essays that attempt to illustrate how the application of specific leadership paradigms might, in theory, be responsive in addressing challenging and historically unresponsive problems in public health. Other public health students, faculty, and practitioners from throughout Florida are invited to contribute ideas that foster leadership skills and the development ofdynamic leaders.


Prevalence Of Herpes Simplex Virus 1 And 2 In A Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic In Miami, Maya Morrison-Bryant, Maria Alcaide, Khaled Deeb, Jose G. Castro 2019 University of North Florida

Prevalence Of Herpes Simplex Virus 1 And 2 In A Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic In Miami, Maya Morrison-Bryant, Maria Alcaide, Khaled Deeb, Jose G. Castro

Florida Public Health Review

The Prevalence of HSV-1 and HSV-2 among STD clinics in Miami is not known. The objective of this study was to evaluate infection rates of HSV 1 and 2, and to describe the socio-demographic characteristics, sexual orientation and co-infection with HIV and other STIs, in individuals attending a Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) clinic in Miami. A cross-sectional study of 663 patients tested for HSV type-specific serology or herpes culture during the year 2007 was performed. An overall infection rate of HSV-1 was 42.1% and 36.7% for HSV-2. Statistically higher infection rates for HSV-1and 2 were seen among Hispanics ...


An Update On Red Light Camera Research: The Need For Federal Standards In The Interest Of Public Safety, Barbara Langland-Orban, John T. Large, Etienne E. Pracht 2019 University of North Florida

An Update On Red Light Camera Research: The Need For Federal Standards In The Interest Of Public Safety, Barbara Langland-Orban, John T. Large, Etienne E. Pracht

Florida Public Health Review

Since publishing our critique of red light camera (RLC) studies in 2008, we have gained increased insights on the controversy over RLCs. Herein we provide additional information on RLCs, and use a question-and-answer format to address frequently asked questions. This update includes the rationale given for ignoring fatalities at RLC sites, the convergence in findings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's compendium of best RLC studies, common violations of research methods in RLC evaluations, the RLC cost-to-benefit implications for motorists, an explanation for the increase in rear-end crashes at RLC sites, and why RLCs may be ineffective in ...


Exploring Gender Roles And Gender Equality Within The Evangelical Church, Christopher Bishop 2019 Chapman University

Exploring Gender Roles And Gender Equality Within The Evangelical Church, Christopher Bishop

Education (Ph.D) Dissertations

This research aims to facilitate better understanding of perceptions of gender roles and gender equality among members of the Evangelical Church and to determine whether these perceptions differ by gender. The evangelical community’s ideologies and values have come to shape social and political dialogues within the United States. A key component of the faith is understanding the role each member plays within his or her family unit and community at large. The evangelical faith’s organizational structure and ideologies are informed by a patriarchal model that’s placed women at internal and structural odds, based on research exploring evangelically ...


How Can Storytelling Facilitate Body Positivity In Young Women Struggling With Their Bodies?: Literature Review, Natalie Slaughter 2019 Lesley University

How Can Storytelling Facilitate Body Positivity In Young Women Struggling With Their Bodies?: Literature Review, Natalie Slaughter

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

In a society that promotes a “thin ideal”, it can be difficult for women to accept their bodies. Body positivity is a combination of positive body image, self-confidence, and body acceptance regardless of size, shape, or weight of the body (Caldeira & Ridder, 2017; Dalley & Vidal, 2013; Halliwell, 2015; Wood-Barcalow, Tylka, & Augustus-Horvath, 2010). This literature review presents an overview of the research conducted on body positivity and storytelling, finding that there are limited interventions currently being used to promote body positivity. A review of the existing literature suggests that storytelling might be an appropriate and successful drama therapy intervention to facilitate body positivity in young ...


The Caged Bird Still Sings: The Poetics Of Peace, Sofia Diane Skavdahl 2019 University of San Francisco

The Caged Bird Still Sings: The Poetics Of Peace, Sofia Diane Skavdahl

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Although poetry has been used as a method of peacemaking since Homer’s Iliad, little research, theory, or analysis has been done evaluating precisely what role poetry holds in the realms of peacemaking and conflict resolution. Poetry, along with other arts-based practices of peacemaking, is beneficial because of its ability to encourage personal autonomy and emotional communication, while offering an open and creative space to heal from violent conflict. In terms of the arts, poetry is especially unique because it holds the ability to transform relationships between adversaries and the relationship with the self. This paper seeks to analyze both ...


Sensory Art Therapy With Students In Public Schools: Development Of A Method, Sarah Como 2019 Lesley University

Sensory Art Therapy With Students In Public Schools: Development Of A Method, Sarah Como

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

Art therapy is an effective service for students in public schools that struggle with academic, social, emotional, behavioral and other issues. Art therapy is widely used with school-aged children and adolescents; however, it is not commonly provided as a service in public schools. Research shows that when art therapy is provided in schools, students experience a wide-range of benefits including but not limited to communication development, decrease in disruptive behaviors, feelings of empowerment, belonging, safety and confidence, improved mood, an increase in coping strategies and stress reduction. Art therapists working in schools report difficulties resulting from a lack of understanding ...


Pieces Of Place: Finding Meaning Through The Material And Process Of Artisanal Craft In Central Mexico, Eliza S. Homer 2019 Lesley University

Pieces Of Place: Finding Meaning Through The Material And Process Of Artisanal Craft In Central Mexico, Eliza S. Homer

Expressive Therapies Dissertations

The research in this study focused on how storytelling through artmaking, specifically, narrative embroidered story cloths (tela bordada) has been used traditionally in rural Central Mexico. The study explored place-based identities and traditions embedded in the culture, and examined how these processes could potentially be incorporated into art therapy practice in these communities. The research question, “What is the experience of engagement in tela bordada?” illuminated the meaning of Indigenous theory and expanded the import of the experience of the material and process. This led to the discovery of finding meaning explicit in the participants’ experiences and implicit in the ...


The Dance Of Becoming: Pedagogy In Dance/Movement Therapy In The Us, Valerie Blanc 2019 Lesley University

The Dance Of Becoming: Pedagogy In Dance/Movement Therapy In The Us, Valerie Blanc

Expressive Therapies Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to begin to define pedagogical theory and practice in the field of dance/movement therapy (DMT). Fourteen DMT educators from American Dance Therapy Association approved programs participated in the study, taking part in individual semi-structured interviews through a phenomenological lens. The participants had taught in the DMT field for at least five years and at most 44 years. Utilizing grounded theory methods, two focus groups were also conducted in which six DMT educators discussed initial qualitative themes from the individual interviews. Through an engaged process, participants were able to participate in the further defining ...


An Application Of The Expressive Therapies Continuum With Trauma-Related Symptoms In Women, Nielle Alfred 2019 Lesley University

An Application Of The Expressive Therapies Continuum With Trauma-Related Symptoms In Women, Nielle Alfred

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

The intention for this capstone thesis paper is to examine the benefits and usefulness of the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) with trauma survivors. Research suggests trauma is stored in the mind and body, thus supporting the need for mind-body integration within trauma-informed mental health care. Direct correlations between psychological trauma and maladaptive emotional, cognitive, and behavioral functioning have been proven. Review of the literature established the ETC as useful in creating new pathways between physical, emotional, and cognitive components to traumatic memory. The method used was a phenomenological single- study qualitative approach, based in a humanistic person-centered theory, using inductive ...


Drama Therapy With Queer Adults: Identity Reflection And Expression, Emily Lunardi 2019 Lesley University

Drama Therapy With Queer Adults: Identity Reflection And Expression, Emily Lunardi

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

There are people of every age, race, religion, ability, socioeconomic status, and area of the world that identify as part of the queer community, and drama therapists have the opportunity to address their specific needs. The current literature regarding effective drama therapy with queer people is limited. Affirming and identity-focused psychotherapy that allows queer people to relate to one another has been found to be beneficial for this population. The discussed development of a method is designed to contribute to an understanding of the strengths and limitations drama therapy, specifically projective techniques, narrative writing, narrative performance, and small group embodiment ...


Making And Using Natural Art Materials And Its Effect On Adolescents’ Self-Concept, Jocelyn Dimpel 2019 Lesley University

Making And Using Natural Art Materials And Its Effect On Adolescents’ Self-Concept, Jocelyn Dimpel

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

The purpose of the study was to observe effects on adolescents’ self-concept through creating their own natural art materials, as little prior research has been done on the subject. The study was conducted in a high school with two individual students, aged 14-16, who selected, created, and used their own art tools made from naturally sourced materials. By making and using their own art materials, students were able to process their internal state, thoughts, and emotions, express themselves outwardly, and connect better with themselves and their surroundings.


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