Javier Rosado, Ph.D. and  Yuxia Wang,  MPH

Javier Rosado
Yuxia Wang

Javier Rosado, Ph.D. and Yuxia Wang, MPH of the College of Medicine with doctoral student Jessica M. Costero co-authored “COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake and Hesitancy in a Latino Agricultural Community” published in Health Education & Behavior.  

This article discusses the causes and impact of vaccine hesitancy and other issues the Latino agricultural community faces relating to COVID-19. Common reasons given for not getting the vaccine include concerns about side effects, religious beliefs, and “political mistrust.” The survey participants were patients at a Migrant Health/Community Health Center in summer of 2021. Of these, almost all were Latino and over two-thirds had less than a high school education. Only 46% reported having received the COVID vaccine. Out of those that did not get the vaccine, 42% said that they either don’t believe or are unsure if the vaccine is safe. One notable predictive variable of vaccination was if a coworker, not a family member, got COVID. As for the implications of this study, the article demonstrates there is a need to improve COVID-19 health literacy among Latino agricultural communities. 

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Javier Rosado and Yuxia Wang co-authored again, this time with Elena Reyes, Ph.D., also in the College of Medicine, and Conor Malloy, M.D. class of 2019. They wrote “From Planning to Implementation: Developing an ACE Screening Protocol in a Rural Integrated Primary Care Clinic Serving Latino Children” published in the Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology journal.  

ACE stands for adverse childhood experiences. This study focused on figuring out how to implement a comprehensive ACE screening method in a rural clinic that serves Latino children. To test their method, the research team screened 2,347 children with their developed protocol for ACEs, psychosocial problems, adolescent depression, and parental depression. The clinicians reported satisfaction with the screening protocol and that they learned new patient information which allowed them to adjust their care. The authors claimed that implementation science can give a  “reliable framework for the implementation of a comprehensive ACE screening process by identifying the necessary conditions for high-quality implementation.” 

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