Behavior Change and Social Determinants of Health

The World Health Organization defines social determinants of health (SDOH) as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.” Effective behavior change includes addressing the broader environment that can either enable or impede healthy behaviors. We have the opportunity by optimally using big data and technological advancements to identify, target, and facilitate prevention and chronic disease management within populations. I believe in the power of effective communications and education for improving health behaviors, particularly those strategies that intervene on SDOH.

Selected peer-reviewed journal articles I’ve written in this area:

Hughes, Baker, Kim, Valdes. Health behaviors and related disparities of insured adults with a health care provider in the United States, 2015—2016. Preventive Medicine. 2019 Mar. (Journal abstract)

Hughes, Roedocker, Ehli, Walz, Froehlich, White, Binder. A quality improvement project to improve sepsis-related outcomes at an integrated healthcare system. Journal for Healthcare Quality. 2019 Mar. (Journal abstract)

Hughes, Gorman, Ren, Khalid, Clayton. Increasing access to rural mental health care using hybrid care that includes telepsychiatry. Journal of Rural Mental Health. 2019 Jan:43(1):30-37. (Prepublication full-text) (Journal abstract)

Hughes, Vernon. Closing the gap in hospice utilization for the minority Medicare population. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. In press

Hughes, McCulloch, Valdes. The impact of story-based video back injury prevention training on employee motivation, engagement, knowledge, and behavior. Occupational Health Science. 2018 Jun(2):203-214.

Hughes, McCulloch, Valdes. Self-monitoring checklists: A tool for connecting training to practice. Innovations in Global Health Professions Education. 2018 Dec:(4).

Hughes, Yette, Hannon, Harris, Tran, Reid. Promoting tobacco cessation via the workplace: Opportunities for improvement. Tobacco Control. 2011 Jul;20(4):305-8. (Full-text)

Hughes, Patrick, Hannon, Harris, Ghosh. Understanding the decision-making process for health promotion programming at small to mid-size businesses. Health Promot Pract. 2011 Jul;12(4):512-21.

Hughes. Are we focusing enough workplace wellness efforts on female workers? J Occup Environ Med., 2011 Nov:53(11):1213-4.

Hughes, Hannon, Harris, Patrick. Health behaviors of employed and insured adults in the United States, 2004-05. Am J Health Promot. 2010 May-Jun;24(5):315-23.

Hughes, Girolami, Cheadle, Harris, Patrick. A Lifestyle-based weight management program delivered to employees: Examination of health and economic outcomes. J Occup Environ Med., 2007 Nov:49(11):1212-7.

Borer, Cornelissen, Halberg, Hughes. Health impact of training intensity in older individuals. Kinesiology. 2003 Nov:35: 210-18.



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