Linda worked on a
project examining routine health care accessibility for disabled
women throughout the state of Michigan. She was also responsible
for creating and distributing brochures promoting various
How did you get involved in research?
I became involved in research this fall semester when I learned Dr. [Rie] Suzuki was
looking for research assistants, and I wanted to gain experience since
conducting evaluation and research related to health education is one of the
seven areas of responsibilities and competencies of a health educator.
How has participating in research impacted your education?
Participating in research has impacted my education because I gained experience
gathering resources and information in order to reduce barriers to health
services. I discovered that researching information often produce barriers
itself thereby, requiring persistence. For example, in my quest for verifying
what services are or not covered by Medicaid insurance proved to be challenging.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your research experience?
Meeting passionate people working in not-for-profit organizations serving as
links to health services needs was a satisfying aspect of my research
experience. For instance, the disability network and Health Access provides many
links for persons with limited or no insurance like referrals, medical supplies,
discounted and sometimes free prescriptions.
What are your future plans? How has participating in research helped you in
preparing for those future plans?
My future plans are to work within the community sector promoting environmental
changes such as recycling in communities where it does not exist. My community
involvement through this project has helped prepare me in not only knowing
research protocols and procedures but also understanding public policies and
regulations needed to advocate for social changes.
What advice would you give to students interested
in being involved in research?
Try to participate as soon as possible. The sooner, the better. Don't be afraid
to approach your professors. They are actually very friendly, personable, and
helpful especially when they see your enthusiasm. Once they know you're
interested, they can be very great to work with.