• Assessment of Mercer University Students' perceptions and Attitudes about the University's Sudden transfer to the Total Online Learning Environment due to COVID-19 Pandemic

      Ramadan, Awatef A. Ben (2021)
      The study investigator constructed a survey tool to assess and evaluate the students' reactions to the sudden and massive transformation of the Mercer learning environment. Study Aims: To assess Atlanta College of Professional Advancement students' perceptions and attitudes about the sudden transfer to the total online learning environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The results of this study are expected to: � Collect relevant and robust evidence on the massive and sudden transformation's influence on our students. Therefore, we could help our leaders and policymakers plan, tweak, and issue effective and efficient evidence-based policies and interventions that suit our students' preferences and expectations now and help them prepare and control similar crises in the future. The students' opinions, attitudes, and perceptions are important for us to be sure that we are meeting their expectations, enabling them to attain their courses' learning objectives, and serving them smoothly and efficiently throughout this health crisis. Study design: A cross-sectional descriptive study targeted all undergraduate and graduate students of Atlanta College of Professional Advancement, used an online self-administered survey. Survey: It is a structured questionnaire with closed-ended questions. The study tool composed of 54 structured questions. Data Analysis: The survey link has been disseminated through mercer emails to the participants. The survey has published from March 24, 2021 to the present. In this poster, we present the results that we retrieved from the survey monkey's results link from March 24 to April 1, 2021.
    • Does the Use of Health Apps to Monitor Hypertension Improve the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of African-Americans towards Hypertension Self- and Active-Management

      Lindsey, Jacquetta; Ramadan, Awatef A. Ben (2021)
      Showcase: Does the Use of Health Apps to Monitor Hypertension Improve the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of African-Americans towards Hypertension Self- and Active-Management First Author: Jacquetta Lindsey Co-author: Awatef Ben Ramadan Background: Despite the many medical advancements available today, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the African American community. Hypertension is considered the most modifiable cardiovascular disease, and African Americans are disproportionately affected by this disease � 43% compared to 28% of White Americans. Study Aim: To determine if the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) of African Americans towards hypertension self-management and active engagement in the healthcare process improved with the use of a mobile health application to monitor their condition. Methods: Study participants were recruited from community-based resources. Participants first completed a pre-survey to determine their baseline KAP. Next, they downloaded the AVAX Blood Pressure Diary to daily monitor their blood pressure. Lastly, participants completed the post-survey and system user satisfaction (SUS) survey on the blood pressure application. Results: Majority of the participants were women (70%) with 50% on medication for their hypertension. Most of the participants (87.5%) believed that their hypertension was better managed after using the health app. The average SUS score for the hypertension mobile health application was 89.75. Conclusion: It appears that the mobile health application assisted participants with monitoring their blood pressure daily and being aware of changes that needed to be made to improve their self-management.
    • Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice (KAP) Survey about COVID-19 and Telehealth and Virtual Medicine Services of Atlanta College of Professional Advancement students

      Ramadan, Awatef A. Ben (2021)
      The study investigator constructed a survey tool to estimate the students' reactions to different public health precautions and interventions that may be practiced during the current pandemic. The study aims: To measure the knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) regarding COVID-19 among Atlanta College of Professional Advancement students. To evaluate the students' KAP about telehealth and virtual medical services to screen, diagnose, and treat COVID-19 and other current acute and chronic The results of this study are expected to: Assist in better preparation for the campus and the university COVID-19-related awareness interventions Tailor different interventions and campaigns to educate the students about the effectiveness and efficiency of Telemedicine and telehealth information technology and motivate them to use these safe healthcare services during this infectious pandemic to manage COVID-19 and other health issues. Methods: Study Design: A cross-sectional descriptive study will be conducted at Atlanta College of Professional Advancement, targeting all undergraduate and graduate students, all races, all gender, and all nationalities. Study Survey: It is a structured questionnaire with closed-ended questions. The study tool comprises 60 structured questions that assess the students' KAP during the COVID-19 pandemic and assess their KAP towards telemedicine and telehealth services to manage the pandemic and follow-up on their current or future different health problems. The survey constructed into a Survey-Monkey format. A link to the survey was created and has been disseminated to the students' emails from March, 24, 2021 to the present. Data Analysis: In this poster, we present the results that we retrieved from the survey monkey's results link from March 24 to April 1, 2021.
    • Preference and Perception of Mobile Health Applications Educating African American Women on Sexual and Reproductive Health

      Griswold, Allison McKenzie; Ramadan, Awatef A. Ben (2021)
      The Preference and Perception of Mobile Health Applications Educating African American Women on Sexual and Reproductive Health First author: Allison Griswold Co-author: Awatef Ben Ramadan Abstract Background: Previous studies have found that African American women are affected by sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive health issues at a higher rate than any other race. Study Aims: To increase awareness of cultural barriers, and to explore the need for medically accurate sexual and reproductive health information through mobile health applications. Methods: The Institutional Review Board approved an anonymous online survey using convenience sampling of African American women between the ages of 18-50. Respondents answered questions regarding past sexual education course experience, use of women�s health applications, interest in health messages, the importance of health information, personal knowledge satisfaction, and preference for receiving information. The study results presented as graphs, which were generated through excel spreadsheets. Results: Of the 159 respondents that completed the survey, 38.5% currently use any form of women�s mobile health application very frequently. However, 65.8% are interested in receiving information on sexual and reproductive health through women�s health applications. Of the 159 respondents, only 27% were very satisfied with their current sexual and reproductive health knowledge. Conclusion: This study proves that African American women are open to learning and gaining sexual and reproductive facts through mobile applications. Keywords: African American women, period trackers, mobile health applications, sexual health, reproductive health