Evelyn Marie Figueroa

    Email Address: efigue@uic.edu
    College: Medicine Department: Family Medicine
    Title: Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
    Office: 312-413-4168 Phone: 773-251-4575
    Webpage: http://residency.dfm.uic.edu
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    COMMUNITY-BASED FOOD INSECURITY RESEARCH. With medical students from UIC, Family Medicine is collaborating with other departments and graduate schools to assess and address the effects of food insecurity on our UIC community. Our student will help many-fold: 1) to help identify people at risk of food insecurity in our UIC clinics; 2) to help design a food access point for UI Health Clinics and Mile Square Health Center; 3) to access the effects of secondary health and social outcomes (diabetic control, truancy from school, etc) on the beneficiaries of better access to food. This pilot data will inform the research group in order to qualify for a large federal sustainability grant.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 3

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Minimum GPA 3.0; Typing 40wpm; Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel; Interest in public health or medicine; Spanish fluency helpful but not required.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    My ideal student would (under close supervision - we can train the student as long as the student can effectively use Microsoft Office): 1)Help collect baseline food insecurity data in a cross section of UI Health clinics; 2) Maintain the budget for the food insecurity project; 3) Attend meetings with community contacts and organizational partners (including recording minutes); 4) Help design the food access point; 5) Help coordinate activity schedule; 6) Help summarize data; 7) Help contact patients afterwords to track secondary outcomes; 8) Help prepare program manuscript and submit to local/regional/national meetings; 9) Help start federal grant to sustain a food insecurity program at UI Health.

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