Michael Celestin Jr and Alton Hart
Over the next year and a half, Mike, with guidance and support from Alton, will be working on a project to promote increased use of the U.S. Public Health Service guideline for treating tobacco use and dependence by urologists in the LSU Health system. Urologic conditions, such as prostate cancer, are a common problem in the U.S., and the state of Louisiana.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for men in the nation and Louisiana, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African-American men. “As I (Michael) grow professionally, I am increasingly aware of the burden of cancer and the disparities in health equity that affect African-Americans. I hope that my work can contribute to changing these serious public health problems.”
This project will employ multiple strategies including, provider training, performance feedback and tailored cessation services for patients. The success of the project will be determined by provider adherence to the practice guidelines and changes in patient readiness to quit, quit attempts and quit rates. This project will be a component of the Tobacco Control Initiative – a population-based risk reduction program of LSUHSC School of Public Health and the LSU Health system.
Louisiana State University, School of Public Health,
Tobacco Control Initiative
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Prioritized EBPH Compencies:
Michael has selected to focus on building his capacity in the areas analytic/assessment skills and advocacy and communication skills.
With his extensive experience in health communication, and implementation and evaluation of prostate cancer screening and tobacco cessation programs, Alton, will help guide Michael in his project deliverables and goals and in developing these competencies necessary to move an evidence-based intervention into practice.
With the R2R mentorship program coming to a close, this final story synthesizes my experiences resulting from the program. First, my mentorship experience has been great! Alton was, and thankfully still is, eager to work with me, and work on my behalf. From the start he made the experience... Read My R2R Mentorship Experience »
This month I wanted to write about my American Public Health Association (APHA) conference experience. Attending the national conference was one of the professional development activities Alton and I outlined in our mentorship work plan. Attendance was important to me because I have wanted to... Read My APHA Conference Experience »
While thinking about what this month’s story would be I decided to explore the Research to Reality (R2R) website for topics. After perusing through so much great work highlighted on the site I couldn't help but think about the need to increase my networking activities with other public... Read Increase the Reach – Using the Internet More to Promote Collaboration »