Julie Susan Darnell

    Email Address: jdarnell@uic.edu
    College: School of Public Health Department: Health Policy Administration
    Title: Associate Professor
    Office: 1603 W. Taylor St. Room 758 Phone: 6-2712
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Free and charitable clinics. Free and charitable clinics are private, nonprofit organizations that provide a range of medical, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy services to mostly uninsured and underinsured persons at little or no cost. They are financially supported largely by private donors and rely on volunteers to deliver care.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5

    Qualifications of a Student:
    minimum 3.0 GPA, strong communication skills, familiarity with Excel and Word, ability to work independently

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Responsibilities include: Contacting free/charitable clinics around the county (by phone, email and internet searches) to collect and/or verify clinics' operational status and contact information for an ongoing web-based survey; Entering information into a standardized form; Performing administrative tasks such as preparing mailing labels and assembling mail correspondence; Making reminder calls to encourage respondents to fill out the survey.

    What You’ll Learn: This project will introduce you to free and charitable clinics--important yet vastly understudied members of the primary care safety net that serve some of our nation’s most vulnerable and underserved residents. You will learn about what free/charitable clinics do, and how they do it in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act. And you’ll learn about what it takes to administer a web-based survey.

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