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Center for Student Research

MCC serves as a center for student research and community-based field work in the social sciences, public health, and social work. MCC is also a community partner in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program of the University of Pennsylvania as well as with the Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellows Program (GPSFP)

 

  • A study on the predictors of postpartum weight retention is currently being conducted by Temple University Masters of Public Health student Debbie Bilder. Results of this thesis will be available shortly.
  • An implementation evaluation of the MOMobile at Riverside was recently completed by Amy Hilley, a Drexel University Masters student working on her Community-based Masters Project, in conjunction with MCC’s Director of Research. Findings from the project indicate many strengths working in favor of the program and many interesting and unexpected occurrences. An executive summary of this project will be available in this page shortly.

  • A study on midwifery practices among Philadelphia hospitals was recently completed by Drexel Masters student Rana Leed, as part of her Community-based Masters Project. Among the findings are that midwives aren’t compensated equally for same level of care, even when practicing in same organization, and that area Medicaid reimbursements are nowhere near the actual cost of hospital care for deliveries.

  • Amy Hilley, a Drexel University Masters student working on her Community-based Masters Project worked with MCC's Director of Research to complete an implementation evaluation of the MOMobile at Riverside.  Findings from the project indicate many strengths working in favor of the program and many unexpected barriers.  An executive summary of this project will be available on this page shortly. 
  • Drexel University Masters student Rana Leed, as part of her Community-based Masters Project, completed a study on midwifery practices among Philadelphia hospitals. She learned that midwives aren't compensated equally for the same level of care as physicians, even when practicing in the same organization, and that area Medicaid reimbursements are nowhere near the actual cost of hospital care for labor and birth. 
  • Design of an early intervention guide about autism for parents and teachers who are associated with Maternity Care Coalition's Norristown Area Early Head Start program by Drexel University School of Public Health student, Nicole Gidaya. The final products of this project were a brochure and resource guide to early intervention for autism, a parent curriculum and teacher curriculum all designed to provide education about autsim and the benefits of early intervention for treatment.
  • A pilot evaluation of Maternity Care Coalition's Cribs for Kids program conducted by Drexel University School of Public Health student, Erin Johnson. Findings from the evaluation demonstrate that community support for the program exists and that most structural components of the program work well. Results also indicate that changes in the screening and eligiblity criteria would improve the quality of the program.
  • An innovative, qualitative, participatory approach to research called Photovoice was utilized by Drexel University School of Public Health student, Cizely Kurian, to explore the relationship between poverty and health, and illustrate the "human experience" associated with public policies and welfare reform. Results showed that public service programs alone were insufficient in preventing chaos from dominating most areas of the participants' lives. Photovoice gave women a means to effectively communicate their life experiences, expertise and knowledge. Cizely was awarded the 2005 Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Secretary's Award for Innovation in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, National Competition (Third Place). Dr. Mariana Chilton, Assistant Provessor in the Department of Community Health & Prevention served as the faculty supervisor for this project.

  • A breastfeeding promotion project developed by Drexel University public health student, Felicia Washington, who designed an online breastfeeding clearinghouse, and conducted qualitative research with breastfeeding minority women from traditional formula-feeding communities. Findings from the project underscored that family support is needed to facilitate breastfeeding initiation and sustain duration.
     
  • A community-based research project, developed by Drexel School of Public Health student, Monica Cheriyan, that investigated the factors that influence teen pregnancy decisions. Results indicated that self-efficacy and personal values seem to have a stronger influence than family history and environment on the occurence of repeat pregnancies.

 


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