Kelsey Mumford, an Ethics & Leadership in Health Care BDP student, conducted a literature review on the effects of case management in faith-based settings on the health of black, lower-income adults, which will be be used later in the year as part of a larger pilot study in East Austin. Kelsey analyzed case management as a tool to decrease racial health disparities and created a poster to present her findings.
Please describe your project and how you came up with the idea.
This semester, I researched the effectiveness of using case management in faith-based settings, specifically when targeting the African American population. I came up with the idea after learning that my mentor will be performing a pilot study using case management in a faith-based setting later this year. I learned more about the complexity of health care and the need to view health care issues through many disciplinary lenses in order to fully understand the problem at hand.
What was the most rewarding aspect of your Connecting Experience?
Through my research project, I was able to learn more about health disparities in this country. I was shocked to learn how little research has been conducted on how this health intervention method could benefit the health of African Americans, when conducted in this setting. Through this project, I hope that I will be able to decrease the health disparities that I learned about and improve health by bringing this effective intervention method to this minority population.
In what ways has this Connecting Experience shaped your plans for the future?
After this Connecting Experience, I am excited to go into the public health nursing field and pursue my PhD. I feel the research I did could truly have an impact in the world, and that has made me even more excited about becoming a nurse and researcher in the future. After graduate school, I hope to perform more research on how nursing interventions can benefit the health of minority populations and reduce health disparities.
Discuss the relationship you had with your faculty mentor and how they helped you during this Connecting Experience.
My faculty mentor was always there to encourage me throughout my Connecting Experience. She made sure to give me hints and tips when I needed them but maintained a hands-off approach so that I could really learn how to write a quality literature review on my own. I am so thankful that she took time out of her schedule to meet with me every week and guide me through this process.