Easter Seals NJ
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 at the Mercer Adult Training Services site, which provides services to adults with developmental disabilities? How would the technology directly improve the quality of services provided by Easter Seals?
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:
- Senior citizens face many challenges (such as work experience, education, transportation and stereotypes related to age) when seeking employment. Do health conditions create additional barriers to employment in this population? Could the Be Well and Thrive™ program help seniors improve their health conditions to increase their suitability for employment?
- Do comorbid health conditions slow down or prevent full recovery from mental illness? Could the Be Well and Thrive™ program reduce the risk for hospitalization for consumers with mental illnesses and improve their functioning?
Easter Seals is interested in a number of research ideas and is open to exploring other projects.
Easter Seals NJ's website
health services & education for adolescents and young adults
What are the health care needs of people 13-26? For those in college and those not enrolled in college? For what reasons do people in this age group seek medical care?
Where do young people ages 18 and up, who are not living at home seek health care? What determines a young person’s decision to use a particular type of health care (minute clinic at drug store, free clinic, Dr’s office, Emergency Room?)
What impact will the ability to stay on parents’ insurance have on young people seeking reproductive health care, HIV testing, mental health counseling, LGBT support services or rape crisis services?
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
Improving clients’ health and reducing the levels of obesity and diabetes are important to the organization. What have other advocacy organizations done to achieve these goals and promote general wellness? LALDEF would like to have fact sheets in simple language in both English and Spanish about the following topics to further educate their clients: risks of obesity and diabetes, heart disease, nutrition, and general wellness information.
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?
- The program would like to investigate the possibility of training student facilitators for Suppers and already runs Suppers for Students monthly, very near campus.
Suppers Program's website