Summary Post

The aims of my research were to comparatively analyze asthma, diabetes, HIV, mental health issues, obesity, and substance use among four homeless subpopulations. The analysis manifested via a focus on the disease’s process, prevalence, incidence, determinants of the disease which limit health care and social service utilization among the homeless, and other factors specific to the disease’s manifestation in homeless subpopulations. My findings demonstrated a dearth of research for asthma, diabetes, and obesity across all subpopulations with little research among the homeless elderly for all diseases. The determinants and factors investigated spanned across the physical, medical, social, financial, and political domains. Moreover, based on all the disease and cohort specific factors, conclusions, current services, and needs for further research, I classified research and policy implications into six areas for improvement. In order of importance and urgency, they are understanding homeless populations, health care and physical needs, service integration and coordination, health care providers and researchers, settings and shelters, and social networks. All of these areas for improvement call for specified and integrated approaches to understanding the specific burdens of homeless groups. Providing health care is inadequate if the competing needs of shelter and nutrition remain unattended. Furthermore, referrals to secondary care have no value if they are inaccessible to individuals based on geographic, physical, or financial limitations. In conclusion, we must not treat ‘the homeless’ as a homogeneous mass, rather programs, policies, and researchers must be proactive in providing efficient services tailored towards the barriers and determinants experienced by different cohorts.

Final Update – How Did Dinosaurs Sound?

At long last, my research is concluded! It’s been fantastic to learn all about dinosaur acoustics – from both the paleontology side and the sound design perspective.

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Post #3: Final Update – Literature Review/Project Summary

Hi everyone,

I have just completed revising and editing my completed Literature Review/Monroe Freshman research project, and I’m so excited to be submitting this to my project advisor soon! I haven’t kept her as updated as I hoped (through my own fault, though she agreed to be a more hands-off advisor), but I hope she enjoys reading the product. Thank you again, Professor Lopresti!

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Research Summary

My research did not necessarily follow its projected path, but I’m very happy with where it ended up. I talked before in a previous blog post about switching my focus from urban/suburban districts to a singular school district (Henrico). In the end, I was able to come up with a lot more compelling data points because of that decision. My final product feels to me like it could be the first step in a much longer research project, meaning the answers I came up with really just prompted new questions for the future.

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