Doctoral Students Share Research Findings

Friday, December 18, 2015

Future health services researchers presented findings from their semester-long projects at the UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services earlier this month.

The Health Services Research Doctoral students offered insights on a broad range of topics, from health disparities in the Hispanic population, to the effect of social factors on veteran’s ability to get medication.

Social work and health services research professor Suzanne Boyd lauded the group’s efforts.

“Across the board, they have challenged themselves to critically assess an unexplored area of interest related to their program of research,” she said. “The presentations explore timely and critical issues in our arena.”

Topics included:

Abbas G. Hamedani - “Probable Migraine with Visual Aura and Risk of Ischemic Stroke: The Stroke Prevention in Young Men Study”

Brian Delgrosso - “Health Disparities and Social Determinants in the Adult Hispanic Population”

Leslie McKee – “Women with Sexually Transmitted Infections: Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health in an Overlooked Population”

Charles Davis – “Key Social Determinants Have Minimal Impact on Medication Possession Ratio for Male Veterans”

Laura Clark – “Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health among the Elderly with Cardiovascular Disease”

Ann Mbugua – “Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health Experienced by African-born Blacks with HIV in the United States”

Elmer Fos – “The Unintended Consequences of CMS Pay-for-performance Structures on Safety-net Hospitals and Low-income, Medically Vulnerable Populations”

The research will be submitted to competitive peer-reviewed journals by the end of the semester. Boyd said the project is an opportunity for the young researchers to take a step forward in their careers.

“Publication of one's research is the hallmark of scholars. This project provided them with an opportunity to both explore their program of research and launch their identity as health services research scholars.”


by: Wills Citty