Week 1- Community Health Research in a Clinic Serving the Uninsured and Underinsured

This summer I will be doing research regarding obtaining information and becoming familiar with records that show how the uninsured and under-insured are treated in the system. For my first week I was to first become familiar with the local clinic in Williamsburg. Olde Towne Medical Center is the main focus of the research at the moment. Therefore, in order to get a bit familiar with the clinic and a few things they do, I researched them and read some articles written by my supervisor, Professor Obasanjo, about finding regarding dental care and diabetes to see how the uninsured and under-insured function within this medical institution. I then compiled information in a table over the past five years of patient profiles. This will allow me to compare and contrast the information from the years 2014-2018 to see if there has been a decline or rise in efforts made to better the conditions and facilities they are able to access.

Abstract

“Is there a higher mortality rate for Black incarcerated women compared with non-incarcerated Black women?” I will look at issues affecting maternal mortality in the US and globally and examining social, economic and political factors that affect maternal mortality. The maternal mortality rate for black women is extremely high and it is important to determine if it is higher in the subset of black women in prison. The rate of incarceration for women is rising, although women still make up a minority of incarcerated persons in the U.S. (less than 10%). Black women make up about 25% of incarcerated women and it is important to know if their rates of maternal mortality is higher than that of black women in the general population given that the rate of black women is already higher than that in many developing countries. Maternal mortality in the US has been found to increase slightly and finding out if women giving birth in prison is contributing to the increasing rate is part of my research. A major social justice issue in incarcerated women is shackling during delivery and it will be important to understand how this factor affects delivery outcomes for both the mother and child.

Abstract

The question I am hoping to answer in my research is “Is there a higher mortality rate for Black incarcerated women compared with non-incarcerated Black women?” The maternal mortality rate for black women is extremely high and it is important to determine if it is higher in the subset of black women in prison. The rate of incarceration for women is rising, although women still make up a minority of incarcerated persons in the U.S. (less than 10%). Black women make up about 25% of incarcerated women and it is important to know if their rates of maternal mortality is higher than that of black women in the general population given that the rate of black women is already higher than that in many developing countries. Maternal mortality in the US has been found to increase slightly and finding out if women giving birth in prison is contributing to the increasing rate is part of my research. A major social justice issue in incarcerated women is shackling during delivery and it will be important to understand how this factor affects delivery outcomes for both the mother and child.