Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Planning community efforts in enrollment of underserved persons for their preventive and primary care"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
community participatory research, web-based applications in healthcare
Project Description:
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes are the leading causes of death in Indiana. The majority of modifiable factors risk factors of these chronic diseases are related to lifestyle and behavior, which exists significant disparities by race and ethnic groups. The Lake County's enrollment rate of underserved persons for their weight assessment, control of blood pressure, diabetes care, cancer screening, and other maternal and child health has shown below the State average. This project will focus on assessing the needs and gaps in enrolling underserved persons into the healthcare system for their preventive and primary care. Specific objectives are three-fold: 1. Map the existing enrollment systems, processes, and programs in individual community partners’ organizations. 2. Identify gaps and needs for systematic enrollment processes. 3. Understand from the underserved consumer segment their perceived needs and gaps regarding the existing enrollment efforts.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will conduct interviews with the underserved persons, analyze the data with NVivo,and map the existing enrollment process and the use of web-based application, such as RAMP.
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Desired Qualifications:
GPA above 3.0. Some experience with web-based applications and/or qualitative research methodology.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Liu, Sandra
Consumer Science/Health and Human Sciences

Student Supervisor

Sandra S. Liu

Cooperating Faculty

Sophie A. Lelievre
College of Vetirenary Medicine