Crystal Patil

    Email Address: cpatil@uic.edu
    College: Nursing Department: Women, Child, and Family Health Sciences
    Secondary Department: African American Studies
    Title: Associate Professor
    Office: CON 848 Phone: 996-4327
    Webpage: https://www.nursing.uic.edu/faculty-staff/crystal-l-patil-phd
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    I am a medical anthropologist in the College of Nursing. The motivation for my research stems from my concern for social justice and health inequities experienced by underprivileged and/or marginalized communities. My research covers three health disparities areas: 1) the status of maternal and child health and health systems in low-resource settings and countries (sub-Saharan Africa); 2) the refugee resettlement experience and factors underlying documented health disparities; and 3) health systems and discrimination experiences for Black/African Americans living with the most common genetically-inherently chronic disease, sickle cell disease.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5-10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Student must be a motivated and dedicated individual who is willing to learn a range of methods, is able to work independently with guidance and is resourceful.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Project 1 (2017-2019): GIS and health in Malawi. Must already know GIS programs. This project can be used toward a capstone, independent study, etc.

    Project 2 (2017-2019): Group healthcare models in the USA. Familiarity with theories in medical anthropology social work, nursing or public health would be helpful. We will be analyzing qualitative interviews.

    Project 3 (2017-2019): Epidemiology of maternal health outcomes in East Africa. Must be familiar with statistics (SPSS or SAS).

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