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INST232C/451 - Health Justice: Investigating the Roles of Information in Preventing & Addressing Health Disparities

Introduction

This is a guide to support students taking INST232C / INST451 /INST608Q, which focuses on health-related information behaviors and consumer health informatics. If you need assistance, please feel free to set up a research consultation with Rachel (your subject librarian!) using the links on the left-hand side of the page, or email me at rgammons@umd.edu. 

Final Project

For this assignment, please team up with 4 to 5 of your classmates and select a particular population that often experiences social injustice, such as women, members of racial/ethnic minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged people, LGBTQ+ people, older people, immigrants, refugees, prisoners, homeless people, etc. Once you have selected a population, you will work together to conduct an in-depth investigation into their health-related information behaviors, any information-related barriers they tend to face, and the health inequities they experience. You will then draw on what you have learned in this investigation in order to propose at least two different information-related solutions (whether processes, resources, services, systems, etc.) that can help to address these information-related barriers and health inequities...

Please work with your team to identify and select at least five peer-reviewed journal articles (at least one article per team member) that describe results from recent empirical studies focused on the health-related information behaviors of your selected population and the information-related barriers and health inequities that they face. After carefully reading these articles, please prepare an annotated bibliography...

Begin this paper by providing an introduction to your project, including your motivations and goals for undertaking this project. Then, for each article you will be using for your final project, provide:

(1) a citation in APA style;

(2) a brief summary;

(3) a critical appraisal; and

(4) an explanation of how the article is relevant to your final project.

Your introduction and your entry for each article should be approximately ½ page long (single-spaced). The total length of your annotated bibliography should be between 3 to 5 pages (single-spaced).

For this assignment, please team up with 3 to 4 of your classmates and select a particular population that often experiences social injustice, such as women, members of racial/ethnic minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged people, LGBTQ+ people, older people, immigrants, refugees, prisoners, homeless people, etc. Once you have selected a population, you will work together to conduct an in-depth investigation into their health-related information behaviors, any information-related barriers they tend to face, and the health inequities they experience. You will then draw on what you have learned in this investigation in order to propose at least two different information-related solutions (whether processes, resources, services, systems, etc.) that can help to address these information-related barriers and health inequities.

Before diving into your investigation, please submit a 1-page proposal (A2-P) by September 25th in which you share the name of your team and the names of your team members, and describe the population you have selected, your motivations for selecting this population, and any specific hypotheses and/or questions you would like to focus on during your investigation. Please be sure to include all team agreements (e.g., we will communicate with each other via email; we promise to respond to all project-related emails within 48 hours) and agreed-upon team member roles and responsibilities (e.g., Amir will take notes during our team meetings; Steve will proofread all assignments before they are turned in; Jenny will upload all team assignments to ELMS) within your proposal.

Once you have received our feedback on your proposal, please work with your team to identify and select at least six peer-reviewed journal articles (at least two articles per team member) [graduate students should each select at least four articles] that describe results from recent empirical studies focused on the health-related information behaviors of your selected population and the information-related barriers and health inequities that they face. After carefully reading these articles, please prepare an annotated bibliography (A2-AB) (due October 30th). Begin this paper by providing an introduction to your project, including your motivations and goals for undertaking this project. Then, for each article you will be using for your final project, provide: (1) a citation in APA style; (2) a brief summary; (3) a critical appraisal; and (4) an explanation of how the article is relevant to your final project. Your introduction and your entry for each article should be approximately ½ page long (single-spaced). The complete annotated bibliography should be approximately 3 to 4 pages long (single-spaced). When you upload your completed annotated bibliography to ELMS, please also upload a pdf of each article you cited in your paper.

After receiving our feedback on your annotated bibliography, please: (1) Prepare to give a 10-minute presentation (A2-Pr) and then lead a 5-minute class discussion/Q&A in class on November 20th; and (2) Write a 3,500- to 4,000-word paper (A2-Pa) (due December 4th). Papers by graduate students should be approximately 6,000 to 8,000 words long. Both your presentation and paper need to include the sections/content listed below. When you upload your completed final paper to ELMS, please also upload a pdf of each of the articles you have cited.

  1. Introduction: Which population did you decide to focus on? Why? What will you be discussing in the remainder of your paper/presentation? 2.
  2. Literature Review: For each of the studies you’ve selected, summarize the authors’ research question(s), methods (including recruitment, data collection, and data analysis methods), and findings. What did you learn from these studies about the health-related information behavior of your selected population, the information-related barriers they face, and the health inequities they experience?
  3. Discussion: How do the findings from these three studies relate to one another? Why are their findings important? Do there appear to be any relationships between the health-related information behaviors of your population, the information-related barriers they face, and the health inequities they experience?
  4. Conclusion: Propose at least two potential solutions to the health inequities faced by your population. These solutions might include ideas for future research; proposed information-related processes, tools, or systems; suggestions for resources, programs, and/or services that might be helpful for your population; recommendations regarding new or amended policies, laws, etc. All proposed solutions should be informed by what you have learned about the health-related information behavior of your selected population, the information-related barriers they face, and the health inequities they experience.
  5. References (APA style)