Humberto López Castillo, MD, PhD
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Department of Health Sciences
University of Central Florida
Presented at the Awards Ceremony - Saturday, November 5th at 10:00 AM PDT
Dr. Humberto López Castillo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, College of Health Professions and Sciences (CHPS) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). His research focuses on cardiometabolic health disparities in sexual minority men. Using a biobehavioral approach, his research identifies potential links between minority stress and metabolic syndrome outcomes (namely, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and dyslipidemias). Other lines of inquiry explore the potential mediation roles of HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy use in the development of cardiometabolic disease and behavioral aspects driving sexual health risk-taking among sexual minority men, especially the link between substance use and HIV transmission.
Dr. López Castillo’s background spans from clinical practice with adolescents and young adults, public health methods, and biobehavioral intervention development, implementation, and evaluation. Besides research, Dr. López Castillo teaches undergraduate classes on human disease, earning the 2022 CHPS Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award. He also hosts The Sex Café Podcast, where clinicians, researchers, and community advocates meet over coffee to discuss issues and provide local resources for the sexual and reproductive health of the Central Florida community.
Dr. López Castillo graduated with an MD (2001) and completed his residency in pediatrics (2009) at the University of Panama. He also has an MSc in clinical sciences and an MEd in higher education. He completed his PhD in Public Health (2016) and postdoctoral fellowship in adolescent risk behaviors (2018) at the University of South Florida. Dr. López Castillo is Certified in Public Health and a Certified Medical Interpreter.
Meet Dr. López Castillo at the Brief Communication Presentation - Friday, November 4th at 3:30 PM PDT
Podcasts As Tools For Sexual And Reproductive Health: A Scoping, Systematic Literature Review
Background Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is the state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system. Gaps in SRH represent an important burden on individuals, families, communities, and economies. The burden of disease can be directly attributed to SRH issues, such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), with a special focus on infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), unintended pregnancies, and the health of sexual minorities. Podcasts are a popular, accessible communication form that can be readily implemented to promote SRH. While several SRH communication strategies are published in the literature, this study looks at how podcasts have been used as a tool in SRH matters and the outcomes of those uses. Methods With the support of the specialist librarian, a scoping, systematic literature review was conducted among 5 databases using their native search interface from 2006 inception date until December 2021 using variations for the keywords (“Webcasts" OR Podcast*) AND (sex* or reproductive)]. The search had no language or geographic restriction for the inclusion of peer-reviewed literature. Thematic analyses were conducted to identify uses of podcasts in SRH and the outcomes assessed by the publications. Results After deduplication, the initial search identified 324 records. After review for relevance, 98 full-text articles were reviewed for potential data extraction, leaving only 9 reports with measurable outcomes. Of these 9 reports, themes for uses included training (n=4) and continued education (n=3) for SRH providers and students. Content-wise, podcasts discussed sexual sciences as a health career (n=3), women’s SRH (n=3), the SRH of sexual minorities (n=2), and sexually transmitted infections (n=1). Outcomes measures were diverse and included educational outcomes (n=5) and outreach metrics (n=4). Conclusion Despite the exponential popularity of podcasts as a health communication tool, podcasts remain as an untapped resource in SRH communication. The scant literature shows promising uses of podcasts a tool for continued education of SRH professionals and an effective outreach tool for a broader audience. Important limitations include a lack of a standardized evaluation framework and potential publication bias.
This award is funded by Taylor & Francis, publisher of SSSS's Journal of Sex Research.