Our students gather, analyze and report on relevant community-focused data on STIs to design a systematic needs assessment protocol, which they implement over the course of their time at EVMS. As students collect data and conduct investigations with community participants, they will lead a project that could help future medical students, doctors and community leaders strategize on how to better serve those impacted by STIs in our region.
The objectives of this project include:
- Identify sources of data related to STIs in Eastern Virginia to include typical sources of health-related data as well as organizational, nonprofit or alternative sources
- Collate existing data on STIs in Eastern Virginia and effectively describe the current status in multiple ways (prevalence, incidence, patterns, trends, populations, behaviors, geo-trends, etc.), and then synthesize that data in ways that are clear and promote action
- With experts, identify areas most likely to provide fruit upon deeper analysis
- Design needs assessment protocol, obtain appropriate process approvals and develop required materials for investigation
- Conduct data analysis, synthesize data, articulate conclusions and recommend next steps
- Students will diagram the process for systematically investigating local health phenomena, quantifying findings and reporting the research
For more information, contact Service Learning or faculty leads Don Robinson, PhD, and Cynthia Romero, MD.