Global Cultures & Languages kudos

Antonio Martin Gomez

Antonio Martin Gomez, Global Cultures & Languages, presented “Designing and Implementing an Intermediate-Low Level Course of Spanish for Mental Health Professionals” at Third Medical National Association of Medical Spanish (NAMS) on Nov. 5 in Chicago.

Submitted on: Nov. 14

Kimberly Morris, Anders Cedergren and Sarah Pember

Kimberly Morris, Global Cultures & Languages; and Anders Cedergren and Sarah Pember, both Public Health and Community Health Education; presented "The Health Belief Model as a predictor of the likelihood of pandemic mitigation practices among college students" at American Public Health Association 2022 Annual Meeting & Expo: on Nov. 8 in Boston, MA. Background: The global COVID-19 pandemic changed the nature of the university experience, while deeply affecting students’ mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Perceptions of the severity of the pandemic and the disease itself , as well as students’ attitudes towards preventative actions to halt the spread of COVID-19, could be important indicators of how likely they are to contribute to overall mitigation of future infectious disease outbreaks. The purpose of this study was to use the Health Belief Model as a theoretical framework to predict the likelihood of students performing various mitigation strategies. Methods: An online survey was emailed to a random sample of students at a midsized midwestern university in the Spring of 2021. Data from the final sample (n=516) were analyzed using stepwise logistic regression, with perceptions of disease seriousness, susceptibility, perceived benefits, and perceived barriers of the mitigation strategy used as possible predictors in 3 separate analyses: likelihood of avoiding large gatherings on and off campus and getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Results: The new models were significant improvements over baselines models, with predictors accounting for 36.9% (vaccinate), 45.3% (avoiding large on-campus gatherings), and 61.9% (avoiding large off-campus gatherings) of variance. Students who reported that avoiding off-campus gatherings was easy were 24 times more likely to say that they would. For avoiding large on-campus gatherings, ease was associated with a 9.9 times greater chance of likelihood. Finally, seeing the vaccine as helpful in reducing the spread of COVID was associated with an 87 times greater likelihood of choosing to get vaccinated. Interestingly, while the HBM traditionally states that increasing an individual’s perception of their likelihood of contracting the disease will lead to increased likelihood of performing preventative action, this study suggests that students were more willing to participate in certain mitigation strategies if they perceived the issue to be of great concern to the population globally, regardless of its individual impact on them. Conclusions: Understanding students’ beliefs and likelihood of performing specific public health actions can help health professionals better promote mitigation strategies and increase participation among the young adult population. Based on findings from this study, possible next steps to investigate could include the connection between mitigation intent and actual mitigating behaviors, as well as applied experimental research to test the impact of messaging specifically around ease and helpfulness.

Submitted on: Nov. 11

Anna Keefe

Anna Keefe, Global Cultures & Languages, presented "Decentering French Cinema: Viewing Mati Diop's Atlantique (2019) in Senegal and Beyond" at Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association on Oct. 13 in Albuquerque.

Submitted on: Oct. 18

Megan Strom

Megan Strom, Global Cultures & Languages, presented "Spanish- and English-language media representations of forced sterilizations in detention centers" at Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest on Sept. 23 in Cleveland State University .

Submitted on: Oct. 10

Megan Strom

Megan Strom, Global Cultures & Languages, authored the chapter "Criminals and victims: The embodied rhetorics of unaccompanied Latinx children as represented in Spanish- and English-language media" in Bodies of Knowledge: Embodied Rhetorics in Theory and Practice published on June 1 by University Press of Colorado.

Submitted on: June 14