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    Electronic Delivery Systems: An Adolescent Educational Initiative
    ( 2022) Aguilar, Sergio ; Novak, Daniel ; Rubio, Christian
    Adolescent consumption of Electronic Delivery Systems (EDS) is considered an epidemic by the Surgeon General for being the most commonly used method of consuming nicotine, chemically enhanced flavorings, THC, or other additives. The increase in prevalence can be correlated to delayed regulations and sanctions, increased advertisements, and disinformation throughout various platforms in the US. The current adolescent perception is that these devices are less harmful than conventional cigarettes, even though harmful carcinogenic agents and irritants are present. As a result, the current perception has increased the number of hospitalizations from pathophysiological disturbances in the brain and lungs, e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury (EVALI), and addiction rates. Furthermore, to date, analysis of EDS in the local community of Seminole County, Florida, has been minimally addressed, although local school officials have declared concern. Due to the lack of data from the most rapidly growing EDS consumers, this project aimed to address knowledge, susceptibility, perceived risks, and intent for these devices' future consumption. An EDS assessment of adolescent quantitative knowledge from Forest Lake Academy (FLA) students in Orlando, Florida, was performed. Unfortunately, the scholarly project yielded a poor response rate (n=0) of the possible 428 students. Since no statistical analysis was performed, a literature review on incentives and the most appropriate methods to attract adolescents into participating into the scholarly project was evaluated.
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    Community-Based Education of COVID-19 on Hispanic Church Members at Better Life Worship Center in Clermont, FL.
    ( 2022) Figueroa, Aixa ; Yook, Kaitlyn
    The coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has exacerbated the social and economic injustices leading to accentuated health inequities. Health inequities originate from disparate treatment of certain populations based on socioeconomic or sociodemographic characteristics, and leads to inferior access to treatment, life expectancies, quality of life, and heightened severity of disease. A review of the literature highlighted Hispanics as a population that has been significantly affected by health inequities. Hispanics are dying from COVID-19 an average of 10 years younger than their African Americans and 20 years younger than their Caucasians. Furthermore, political, and media-driven controversies have caused the spread of inconsistent and false information regarding COVID-19. Community health education increases awareness, decreases further spread of disease, and improves the overall health of the community. Therefore, in order to bridge the health inequity gap and promote accurate evidence-based information, a 60-minute educational session regarding the health effects, transmission, and prevention of COVID-19 was conducted at Better Life Worship Center (BLWC) in Clermont, FL. A pretest/posttest design was utilized to measure change in knowledge and retention of knowledge in this qualitative, quasi-experimental scholarly project. Statistical analysis of the results showed a significant increase of mean scores between the pretest (mean score = 8.80) and the posttest (mean score = 9.80), with a slight decrease between the posttest and the one-month posttest (mean score = 9.51). These findings further support the foundation of future research into the influence of knowledge on behavior adaptations and safety promotion.
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    Community-Based Health Education and its Effects on African Americans
    ( 2022) Gibson, Samantha S. ; Malivert, Katelynn L.
    The African American (AA) community has a high prevalence of uncontrolled chronic hypertension (HTN). In this community, a lack of health knowledge contributes to inadequate health maintenance of chronic conditions. Unmanaged HTN strongly correlates with life threatening complications in patients receiving anesthesia. A review of the literature suggests that African Americans (AAs) have increased receptibility and improved knowledge with community-based education models. Additionally, throughout the literature, preoperative anesthetic education has been shown to improve patient knowledge before undergoing surgery. Implementation of health education within areas of familiarity has shown to increase the responsiveness to health modification. Our scholarly project utilized community-based preoperative anesthetic education on HTN. This educational project evaluated the knowledge base and retention of blood pressure maintenance and the risks of perioperative HTN complications within our selected population.
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    Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Community-Based Education
    ( 2022) Keely, Erin ; Leonard, Arika
    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that is relatively unknown to the general population. Undiagnosed OSA can have detrimental problems overtime, along with a lack of education on OSA within communities, requires a multidisciplinary approach to implement community-based education. A literature review was performed on various educational approaches and the effects on OSA knowledge base, diagnosis, screening, and adherence rates. A quality improvement scholarly project was performed at a pulmonary and sleep medicine clinic in Orlando, Florida, with a primary purpose to improve participant knowledge base on OSA in patients at risk of OSA, quantified by pretest and posttest scores before and after an OSA PowerPoint presentation video. The secondary purposes of this scholarly project were to improve OSA diagnosis rates after watching the video, quantified by the number of sleep studies obtained by participants within two months and to make evidence based recommendations to implement the use of the OSA video into routine patient care at the pulmonary and sleep medicine clinic to increase participant knowledge of OSA in participants who are at risk and sleep studies obtained by these participants. Of the 6 patients at the pulmonary and sleep medicine clinic who volunteered to participate in the scholarly project, 5 patients were high risk for OSA. All 6 participants completed the first pretest and posttest. However, only 2 participants completed the second posttest and obtained a sleep study, while the remaining 4 participants refused to answer, limiting the statistical significance of our project. In addition, there was an 11% increase in posttest scores, indicating that our educational video improved the OSA knowledgebase of patients at risk of OSA.
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    The Impact of Cognitive Aids in Simulation Learning on Perception of Clinical Preparedness
    ( 2022) Cinquemani, Alyssa ; Jones, Emily
    Cognitive aids are used in multiple professions to enhance crisis management skills of individuals. Simulation learning is used in all Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Programs. The simulated clinical experiences may include high fidelity simulation with or without the use of a cognitive aid and has been shown to be of value to medical professions to bridge didactic learning with the delivery of safe patient care. However, the relationship between the use of cognitive aids in simulation learning of Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist and their perception of clinical preparedness has not been assessed. The purpose of the scholarly project is to determine “The Impact of Cognitive Aids in Simulation Learning on Perception of Clinical Preparedness”