Easter Seals New Jersey
serving individuals and families with disabilities and special needs
Material 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 is interested in a number of research ideas and is open to exploring other projects. See Nonprofits & Social Change.
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Hyacinth AIDS Foundation
HIV & AIDS education 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 and has hosted several Derian/CBLI summer research interns; talk with CBLI staff about your ideas for working with Hyacinth.
St. Francis Medical Center (Trenton)
primary medical treatment & services to promote health
What challenges and ethical issues have been presented by the rise of accountable care organizations (ACOs) to healthcare systems, local hospitals, physicians and patients who enroll? Do ACOs represent unique challenges to Catholic healthcare entities, healthcare ministries or acute care hospitals?
How can St. Francis more accurately determine patient satisfaction? How can the hospital better address patients’ needs with its current resources? Many hospitals, including St. Francis, use Press Ganey census-based surveying™ tools. St. Francis is interested in evaluating the strengths and shortfalls of the tool itself and determining if other assessment instruments would be more appropriate for the hospital.
The Robotics in Cardiac Surgery unit at the hospital is interested in performing enhanced assessment and evaluation of its services. Topics include assessing patient satisfaction and health outcomes beyond 30 days, measuring the cost to demonstrate the overall savings of the procedures, and improving the team building and training within the unit.
St. Francis Medical Center's website