December 1, 2018

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) doctoral student Yuki Lama recently published an article entitled “Discordance Between Human Papillomavirus Twitter Images and Disparities in Human Papillomavirus Risk and Disease in the United States: Mixed-Methods Analysis” in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Lama, Amelia Jamison, Dr. Sandra Crouse Quinn, and their co-authors examined whether HPV images on Twitter reflected the actual burden of disease by

select demographics. Additionally, the study analyzed to what extent Twitter accounts utilized images that reflected the burden of disease in their health communication messages. The study utilized 456 image tweets about HPV that contained faces posted by US users which were organized by source: government, organizations, individual, and topics (news, health, and other). This research was able to conclude that there are critical differences between the demographics reflected in HPV images and the actual burden of disease. Moreover, racial minorities are less likely to appear in HPV images despite higher rates of HPV incidence. Health implications of this research include improving health communication efforts to represent populations at risk better in order to reduce disparities in HPV infection.

If you are interested in reading more about the exciting new developments in the maternal and child health field, you can find a link to the article here. The Journal of Medical Internet Research is a peer-reviewed medical journal covering eHealth and "healthcare in the Internet age".

Yuki is a third-year Maternal and Child Health doctoral student. She studied French Cultural Studies and Biology at the University of Connecticut. When her plans to become a physician in France did not come to fruition, she went on to earn her MPH from Claremont Graduate University. For her culminating project, she examined trends of adolescent health, including pregnancy and STI rates, within Riverside County to inform education and intervention efforts aimed at improving health outcomes. Her research interests include adolescent parenting, tobacco cessation, and home visiting. During her free time, she can be found eating donuts or playing with other people's dogs.

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