Featured Scholar: Gerardo Maupomé, BDS, MSc, DDPH RCS(E), PhD
Professor, Fairbanks School of Public Health
Associate Dean of Research
Research Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAox7hdBOWw
Oral health disparities in the Latino community are often linked to lifestyle, socio-economic position, and structural barriers in healthcare systems. However, it is increasingly recognized that individuals rely on professional and informal social networks to understand and address their health problems. Social norms inherent within these networks can shape oral health-related decision-making. Network members can offer support, recommend or provide services, influence health behaviors, and encourage or discourage adherence to treatment regimes. To address this gap in knowledge, Dr. Gerardo Maupomé examines the link between oral health disparities and social networks.
Building on prior and formative research, Dr. Maupomé and colleagues are using network methods to gain an insight into the complex and dynamic mechanisms underlying oral health disparities. First, they identify customs, attitudes, and behaviors around dental care and oral health. Second, they apply this information to characterize the relationships between the diverse strands of interpersonal networks and behaviors. The research will produce innovative methodological knowledge about quantifying how personal networks change over time, and how such evolution support or undermine positive oral health traits in an at-risk population. The ultimate goal is to devise actionable strategies and identify entry points into networks that lead to positive changes.
Dr. Maupomé’s work to reduce disparities in oral health is another example of how IUPUI faculty are TRANSLATING RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE.
Selected Publications in IUPUI ScholarWorks
With several research works contributed to IUPUI's free, open access repository, Dr. Maupome has made translational research knowledge available to professionals, researchers, students, and communities around the world.
Maupome, G., McConnell, W. R., Perry, B. L., Marino, R., & Wright, E. R. (2016). Psychological and behavioral acculturation in a social network of Mexican Americans in the United States and use of dental services. Community dentistry and oral epidemiology, 44(6), 540-548. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/13609
Fernández-Barrera, M. Á., Medina-Solís, C. E., Casanova-Rosado, J. F., Mendoza-Rodríguez, M., Escoffié-Ramírez, M., Casanova-Rosado, A. J., … Maupomé, G. (2016). Contribution of prosthetic treatment considerations for dental extractions of permanent teeth. PeerJ, 4, e2015. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/13040
Islas-Granillo, H., Borges-Yañez, A., Medina-Solis, C. E., Lucas-Rincón, S. E., de Jesús Navarrete-Hernández, J., Villalobos-Rodelo, J. J., ... & Maupomé, G. (2016). Tooth-Loss Experience and Associated Variables among Adult Mexicans 60 Years and Older. Puerto Rico health sciences journal, 35(2), 88-92. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/11727
Shin, Y., & Maupome, G. (2016). Segmentation of Mexican-Heritage Immigrants: Acculturation Typology and Language Preference in Health Information Seeking. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 1–11. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/11451
G. Maupomé, C. Holcomb, and S. Schrader. 2016, April 8. Clinician-Patient Small Talk: Comparing Competent Students and Expert Dentists in a Standardized Patient Encounter. Poster session presented at IUPUI Research Day 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/10110
Maupome, G., & McCranie, A. (2015). Network science and oral health research. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 75(2), 142–147. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/10694
Lane, B. A., Luepke, P., Chaves, E., Maupome, G., Eckert, G. J., Blanchard, S., & John, V. (2015). Assessment of the Calibration of Periodontal Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Among Dental Students at Three Dental Schools. Journal of dental education, 79(1), 16-24. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/6588
Maupome G., Wright E., Martinez-Mier E.A., and Medina-Solis C.E. (2010, April 9). PILOT APPRAISAL OF VARIABLES AMONG MEXICAN-AMERICANS FOR SOCIAL NETWORKS ANALYSIS. Poster session presented at IUPUI Research Day 2010, Indianapolis, Indiana. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/11418
Bergman, Alicia April; Bigatti, Silvia M; Clark Jr, Charles M.; Everetts, David R; Kahn, Hilary E; Lorant, Diane Estella; Maupome, Gerardo; Mays, Rose M; Riner, Mary E; Snodgrass, Michael David; Soto, Armando; Stelzner, Sarah M; Whitehead, Dawn Michele; Wilson, Gregory A.; Yoder, Karen M. (2010, April 9). The Binational/Crosscultural Health Enhancement Center. Poster session presented at IUPUI Research Day 2010, Indianapolis, Indiana. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/11253