Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research
improving health in the Indigenous community
The mission of Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research is to facilitate and promote community-based, Northern-led health research activities aimed at improving the health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Northern Canada. Research possibilities including follow-up work on a 2014 senior thesis on H. pylori or work on one of the Institute’s other program areas, such as food security, diabetes prevention and healthy lifestyles.
Easter Seals New Jersey
serving individuals and families with disabilities and special needs
Technology provides ways for individuals with disabilities to function with greater independence. What piece(s) of technology would best serve Easter Seals NJ consumers, especially at the Mercer Adult Training Services site where services are provided to adults with developmental disabilities and special medical and behavioral needs? How would the technology directly improve the quality of services provided by Easter Seals? Easter Seals New Jersey has work centers where assistive technology research could be done to develop tools to assist individuals with disabilities in learning the skills necessary to obtain employment in their communities.
Easter Seals New Jersey’s Be Well! & Thrive™ Health and Wellness Program is a 12-week series of classes designed to equip participants with tools to achieve physical, mental and emotional health with the ultimate goal of bringing down levels of chronic illness. To generate data to secure more funding for program expansion, the organization would like to address the following research questions:
- Do comorbid health conditions slow down or prevent full recovery from mental illness? Could the Be Well and Thrive™ program improve the functioning of consumers with mental illnesses?
- How much of an impact do recreation and leisure activities have on maintaining and developing emotional well-being? In light of potential spending cuts that may prevent Easter Seals NJ from providing enough of these activities, how can the effect of recreation activities be measured to equip Easter Seals New Jersey with evidence to argue that funding should remain in place?
- What non-financial employee reward and recognition systems best enhance motivation and commitment with low-paid health care service workers and managers? This information could help to improve employee satisfaction and in turn employee retention.
Easter Seals New Jersey is interested in a number of research ideas and is open to exploring other projects.
Easter Seals New Jersey's website
Hyacinth AIDS Foundation (New Brunswick)
HIV & AIDS education, health care, and resource referral
Hyacinth runs a multi-site program that provides customized services to a wide range of clients. Students have previously worked with Hyacinth staff to analyze the relationship between program services and improved health behaviors and/or health outcomes; to develop an HIV/AIDS “toolkit” for pastors of black churches to share health information with their congregations; and researched ways in which other community-based programs across the country are responding to the CDC’s recent recommendations regarding community viral load. The organization provides a variety of interesting options for a motivated student researcher.
Hyacinth AIDS Foundation's website
LALDEF: Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.
assisting low-income Latin Americans with access to legal, educational and health-related services
LALDEF recently launched a support group for women who are victims of domestic violence and childcare is provided. What are the most effective ways to support children in a community setting like this? LALDEF is interested in best practices in providing support groups to women and children who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence.
St. Francis Medical Center (Trenton)
primary medical treatment & services to promote health
What are the ethical issues and challenges that could arise in light of the shift in the medical care model from inpatient to outpatient services?
Comparing other states’ experience with the POLST Paradigm Program (an alternative to an advance directive). What are the potential pitfalls with the POLST form? How have other states effectively incorporated the program into their healthcare practices?
How can St. Francis more accurately determine patient satisfaction? How can the hospital better address patients’ needs with its current resources?
St. Francis Medical Center's website
The Suppers Program
“table-based” support groups for improved nutrition & health
The Suppers Programs are support group meetings that take place around the preparation and eating of a meal of whole foods. The goal is to manage specific physical and mental health conditions as well as to improve overall health and well-being. The program is interested in the following topics:
- Some data ha ve been collected from participants, and the program is interested in working with students to study relationships between participation and improved health outcomes—for example, successful management of Type II Diabetes. How do participants’ eating habits and investment in their health and the local economy (by purchasing fresh, local produce) change as a result of the program?