Publication update

Posted on February 24th, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Some new articles from our NIH-funded studies have been published recently. Check the publications tab for updates! Here is a picture of a Quiquijana, Peru women’s ego network that will be presented at the upcoming SfAA/SMA meetings in Vancouver, Canada next month.


Salud es Vida Added to Rural Health Information Hub

Posted on January 14th, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Salud es Vida Cervical Cancer Education

  • Need: Hispanic women have the highest incidence rates of cervical cancer among any ethnicity in the United States.
  • Intervention: The development of a lay health worker (promotora) curriculum that provides information on cervical cancer, HPV, and the HPV vaccine to Hispanic farmworker women living in rural southern Georgia.
  • Results: Significant increases in post-test scores relating to cervical cancer knowledge and increases in positive self-efficacy among promotoras.

Presentations at AACR and AAA

Posted on December 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Dr. Luque represented MUSC Public Health and Hollings Cancer Center with poster presentations at national professional meetings. Atlanta was chilly and Denver was snowy, but it was great to catch up with friends and colleagues at the meetings. He gave important updates at the SMA board meeting about the more than 40 SMA panel sessions for the SfAA meetings in Vancouver, CA (March 29-April 2, 2016). Also, he found out from Chad Morris that the book chapter is coming out. See citations below…

Luque, J; Alfonso, M; Tarasenko, Y. Addressing Obesity and Associated Medical Conditions in Latino Immigrant Communities in Southeast Georgia (2015). In The Applied Anthropology of Obesity: Prevention, Intervention and Identity, Chad T. Morris and Alexandra G. DeLaricheliere, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp. 91-106.

Luque, J; Maupin, J. “Screen and Treat Cervical Cancer Campaign in the Peruvian Andes: Views from Patients and Healthcare Workers,” poster presented at American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting (November, 2015), Denver, CO.

Luque, J; Tarasenko, Y; Alfonso, M; Reyes-Garcia, C; Rebing, L; Ferris, D. “Efficacy Study of a Group-based Promotora Intervention to Increase Cervical Cancer Screening among Immigrant Latina Women,” poster presented at the 8th AACR Conference on the Science of Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved (November, 2015), Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Luque leads HCC Cancer Control Program Journal Club

Posted on September 1st, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Dr. Luque has been selected to lead the Hollings Cancer Center Cancer Control Journal Club. The journal club meets the first Thurday of the month in HCC 121. Dr. Luque will present “Increasing Cervical Cancer Screening in the United States-Mexico Border Region” by Thompson, B. et al. on Thursday September 3 at 12 noon. Lunch is provided.

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Dr. Luque accepts new position at Medical University of South Carolina

Posted on May 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Dr. Luque has accepted an offer to be an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. His new appointment begins in August this year. He made the recent announcement via his twitter account @drluque. Luque said he looks forward to the challenges of developing community-based interventions to increase access to cancer screening among underserved populations in the Southeast U.S. and in Latin America. Luque expressed his willingness to continue to collaborate with his former colleagues at Georgia Southern on both ongoing and future research projects.

Barbershops for Prostate Cancer Education

Posted on March 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Investigators from the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University led by Dr. John Luque conducted a collaborative feasibility study titled “Barbers Against Prostate Cancer” funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities in Rural Populations. The project engages barbershops for prostate cancer education in two rural African-American communities. The barbershop is a promising setting where African-American men might receive information and education about prostate cancer. In this study, the researchers assessed the feasibility of engaging rural barbershops as venues for barbers to deliver a prostate cancer education intervention to increase informed decision-making for prostate cancer screening among their customers. Based on the multiple interactions with the barbers, there was high receptivity to the topic and consensus about the importance of addressing prostate cancer in their communities. Rural barbershops represent feasible venues for delivering a prostate cancer education intervention. The findings were published onlirsz_img_0462ne in the Journal of Cancer Education in an article entitled, “Feasibility Study of Engaging Barbershops for Prostate Cancer Education in Rural African-American Communities.”

Barbers Against Prostate Cancer is underway

Posted on October 1st, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

After two years of planniDSC_0022ng, the Barbers Against Prostate Cancer intervention has been launched. Barbers are using an educational toolbox to educate their customers about informed decision making with prostate cancer screening. We have 6 barbershops in Statesboro participating and 6 barbershops receiving the delayed intervention in Milledgeville. Shown here is GSU professor Dr. Levi Ross receiving pertinent information from a couple of barbers. That reminds me, it is time for a haircut!

Dr. Luque Elected to SMA Board

Posted on September 7th, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Dr. John (Juan) Luque has been elected as a Member-at-Large on the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) Board for a 3-year term. The Society for Medical Anthropology is the world’s largest association of professional and practicing medical anthropologists. One of the largest sections of the American Anthropological Association, they serve medical anthropology graduate students, practicing anthropologists, scholars, and scholar activists who address issues of local, national and international health importance. It is the hub of an active research community and a storehouse for information supporting the endeavors of medical anthropologists and their colleagues in allied social science fields.

Salud es Vida featured on NCI’s Behavioral Research Program Grantee Profile

Posted on July 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

“During the course of our present study, we lost one of our promotoras from the Latino immigrant community to cancer. This unfortunate event has only strengthened our resolve to educate even more women about cancer prevention and screening.”

Research Study Progress in Cusco

Posted on May 19th, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Our NCI-funded research study with CerviCusco is well underway. We are in the middle of Phase 1 which consists of key informant interviews and patient surveys. Phase 2 involves the development of a fotonovela and radio spots. We completed our first focus group in Quisquipanchi Province with Quechua women to collect data for the materials. Here are some pictures from a recent health fair.SAMSUNG SAMSUNG