Project Sponsor(s): Monisha Arya, MD, MPH
Project Title: Improving Screenings for Low Income Minority Patients
Project Description: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening is recommended for most adults. Despite national recommendations, many adult patients who meet screening criteria are not screened by their primary care physician for either HIV or HCV. In fact, a significant proportion of those infected with these viruses are unaware they are infected because they have not been screened. Delays in screening result in preventable complications – such as cancers — and early death. Delays in screening also result in spread of these viruses to others in the community, a public health problem. My research focuses on developing media campaigns to improve HIV and HCV screening in primary care settings in the Harris Health System (Harris Health). Harris Health cares for predominantly uninsured, low-income, racial and ethnic minority patients, many of whom are at high risk for both HIV and HCV.
For the coming academic year, students on my team will be involved in literature reviews and written summaries. As such, our team seeks students that enjoy writing; mentorship on writing for the academic literature will be provided. Students on my team may also be asked to meet with patients and primary care providers to survey or interview them on their barriers to HIV and HCV screening and obtain their input on media campaigns to improve screening.
Institution and Location: Baylor College of Medicine. Of note, our office is outside of the main medical center. Our office is located at 2450 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77021. You must have a car.
Eligibility for international students?: No
Expectations of student:
– The student must devote 10 hours per week to the project (consistent with a 3-credit course) and will develop a timeline of activities in collaboration with supervisor(s). The student will meet at least monthly with the faculty supervisor(s) to evaluate progress.
– The student must have a car to travel between Rice and our office and, if applicable, to clinical sites
– The student should have excellent organizational and time-management skills
– The student will be expected to have clear and professional written and verbal communication skills
– The student should enjoy working in a team on collaborative projects and should be equally comfortable working independently
Prerequisite training: Coursework in psychology, public health, and/or health disparities.
Knowledge and skills student can expect to gain: Depending upon the project assigned, the following knowledge and skills may be gained: literature reviews, manuscript writing, human subjects protection requirements, institutional review board processes, human subjects recruiting strategies, data collection methods