May G Kennedy

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AIM Mental health literacy may be a factor in early detection and prompt treatment for mental, emotional and behavioural disorders among young people. Building on previous research in Australia, this study assessed aspects of mental health literacy among adolescents in classrooms in a small town in the eastern USA. METHODS The students were provided(More)
The entertainment education (EE) approach seeks to impact audiences' health behavior by embedding messages in mass media productions, storylines, and characters that appeal strongly to them. Effect on behavioral intentions was examined following a storyline about syphilis in men who have sex with men (MSM) presented in a popular dramatic series. Five(More)
In five U.S. sites (Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; northern Virginia; Phoenix, Arizona; and Sacramento, California), HIV risk-reduction workshops were mounted as a part of the Prevention Marketing Initiative (PMI). In four of the five sites, the workshop curriculum was a version of Be Proud! Be Responsible! (Jemmott, Jemmott, & McCaffree, 1996)(More)
Patients with intellectual disability and neurological handicaps associated with swallowing difficulties are vulnerable to dehydration and undernutrition. Some patients are severely undernourished, a condition which is usually associated with recurrent food aspiration and respiratory infections. Underweight patients are usually provided with adequate(More)
High rates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection among jail and prison inmates suggest that HIV prevention efforts should focus on incarcerated populations. Overcrowding, the high prevalence of injection drug use, and other high-risk behaviors among inmates create a prime opportunity for public health officials to affect the course of the HIV(More)
HIV stigma militates against prevention and care efforts and is a significant problem in sub-Saharan Africa. During 2001-2003, after collaboration with CDC scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the television drama The Bold and the Beautiful aired an HIV-related story line. The story line involved a man who tested positive for HIV,(More)
BACKGROUND The residential segregation of black populations, often in areas of high-economic disadvantage and low social status, may play a crucial role in the observed racial inequities in sexually transmitted disease rates. METHODS An ecological analysis of 2005 to 2009 average gonorrhea rates was performed across 277 US metropolitan statistical areas(More)
Teens Stopping AIDS (TSA) was an HIV prevention project in Sacramento, California, that involved coalitions of volunteers in designing and launching a social marketing intervention. Mounted in 15 zip codes where teen sexually transmitted disease (STD) and pregnancy rates were high, TSA delivered HIV prevention messages for one year through various(More)
In May 2004, 12 experts in evaluating large-scale health communication programs came to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to participate in an electronic focus group discussion. They offered advice on topics ranging from the role of logic models to the best strategies for controlling for self-selection bias in surveys regarding outcomes of(More)
OBJECTIVES This study evaluated a multimodal social marketing intervention to reduce the sexual transmission of HIV infection among adolescents in Sacramento, California, USA. DESIGN Five rounds of a cross-sectional random sample telephone survey were conducted from December 1996 to October 1998. The total number of respondents was 1402. RESULTS A(More)