Peer Reviewed Publications


Clinical and Translational Research Capacity Building Needs in Minority Medical and Health Science Hispanic Institutions

Estape, E., Noboa, C., DeJesus L., De Pedro, Z., Acosta, E., & Camacho D. (2014)

A preliminary needs assessment was conducted among faculty and students of three minority medical and health science institutions comprising the Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium (PRCTRC). The Web-based survey was focused on evaluating the training interests in the clinical and translational research core areas and competencies developed by the National Institutes of Health-Clinical and Translational Sciences Award. The survey was the result of a team effort of three PRCTRC key function’s leaderships: Multidisciplinary Training and Career Development, Tracking and Evaluation and Community Research and Engagement. The questionnaire included 45 items distributed across five content areas including demographics, research training needs, training activities coordination and knowledge about the services offered by the PRCTRC. Analysis of research needs includes a sample distribution according to professor, assistant/associate professor and graduate students. The thematic area with highest response rate among the three groups was: “Identify major clinical/public health problems and relevant translational research questions,” with the competency “Identify basic and preclinical studies that are potential testable clinical research hypothesis.” These preliminary results will guide the training and professional development of the new generation of clinical and translational researchers needed to eliminate health disparities.

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Capacity Needs in Community-Based Organizations for Enhancing Translational Research in Puerto Rico

Martínez, G., Sardiñas, L.,   Acosta, E.,  et.al. (2012)

In an effort to form and sustain community–academic partnerships (CAPs) to enhance clinical and translational research, an assessment of needs for selecting and implementing evidence-based programs (EBPs) was conducted among a group of community-based organizations (CBOs) throughout Puerto Rico.

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Suplementando el currículo de ciencias con contenido contextual y culturalmente relevante: Lecciones de la implementación del Proyecto Ciencia Boricua

Gonzalez, W., Santiago, Y., Guerrero, G., Ortiz, N., et. al. (2013)

Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) is a non-profit organization interested in promoting science and science education in Puerto Rico. One of its most recent achievements is the publication of ¡Ciencia Boricua!: Ensayos y anécdotas del científico puertorro, a collection of 61 short essays written by Puerto Rican scientists, that present science concepts in an accessible fashion by using simple language, contextualization, and cultural relevance. The purpose of this article is to share the findings of a pilot project implemented in Nueva Escuela Juan Ponce de León, in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, during the year 2012. After integrating various educational activities based on ¡Ciencia Boricua! that complemented the mandated science curriculum, four of the teachers that collaborated with CienciaPR were interviewed. Here we present our findings, including a number of areas where implementation was successful and suggestions for scalable replication.

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Knowledge of and Attitudes Toward Organ Donation: A Survey of Medical Students in Puerto Rico

Marques, J., Ortiz, N., et.al. (2013)

The increasing demand for organ transplants exceeds the organ donation rate. Addressing this discrepancy is challenging for organ procurement agencies and health professionals involved in the care of patients in dire need of organs. Research suggests that health-care professionals’ knowledge of, attitudes toward,
and behavior in terms of organ donation and transplantation are deciding variables in promoting organ donation. In Puerto Rico, there is a lack of information regarding medical student’s knowledge of and/or attitudes toward organ donation, a lack that our study was designed to address.

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Evaluation of the Parenting Education Program: Promoting positive parenting among urban parents

Sanchez, M., Adams, M. Acosta, E., Bensinger (2011) 

This paper presents process and outcome evaluation data of a multi-component community-based parenting program for urban parents. A total of 1,118 participants in the Parenting Education Program completed pre and post surveys that measured parenting knowledge and behavioral intent. Paired-samples t-tests were employed to document change in scores. Descriptive and thematic analyses from surveys, phone interviews and a focus group were utilized to understand program satisfaction. Administrative data was gathered to document program implementation. The results indicate that changes in scores were significantly different (at least p < .05) between pre- and post-test for all waves of data collection for graduating parents in each age group class. Parents strongly agreed that they were satisfied with the program.

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Presentations






Condiciones de Salud, Uso de Servicios y Uso de la Tarjeta de Plan Médico entre Personas sin Hogar

Los objetivo del estudio fueron:

  • Obtener información de las personas sin hogar sobre:
    • Condiciones de Salud
    • Uso de Servicios de Salud
    • Uso de la Tarjeta de Plan Médico

Con el propósito de informar política pública en relación a la provisión de servicios apropiados dentro de un tiempo adecuado... [Read More]


Estudio SYNAR: Evaluación del acceso a tabaco en jóvenes menores de 18 años en Puerto Rico

El consumo de tabaco es una de las primeras causas de muerte prematura en los Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico. Uno de cada 10 estudiantes del nivel secundario en Puerto Rico informó haber usado productos de tabaco durante el último año (Consulta Juvenil, 2007). Anualmente, Puerto Rico realiza el estudio Synar con el propósito de evaluar el acceso a cigarrillos en  menores de edad a través de establecimientos comerciales y se estima la tasa de violación entre los comerciantes del país. El estudio utilizó una muestra representativa de los comercios en Puerto Rico, escogida de manera aleatoria y sistemática ... [Read More]


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