Emergency Medicine

Sustainable Global Health Education Frameworks

Faculty Mentor’s Name: Dr. Elizabeth DeVos
Email: elizabeth.devos@jax.ufl.edu
Phone Number: (904) 244-4405
Project Category: Literature Review
International Component or Travel: Potentially
If your project has an international component please give details (where, when, data collection involved, etc.): This project does not require international travel but relates to our international education programs. If travel restrictions are lifted this summer, we may explore opportunities for interested students to conduct additional aspects of this project abroad.

Project Description:

This project is for a student interested in Global Health and/or medical education. The student will assist in updating literature reviews and preparation of reports related to the long-standing global health service learning trips and sustainable and “fair-trade” global health education and completing a manuscript describing the UF case study of aligning global health opportunities with best practice guidelines for all global health education programming. Student may participate in designing additional educational scholarship related to the implementation of coursework for global health electives. Previous students have presented iterations of this work as poster projects at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

Social Determinants of Health Associated with Hospitalization, Morbidity and Mortality of COVID-19 Patients

Faculty Mentor’s Name: Dr. Shama Patel
Email: shama.patel@ufl.jax.edu
Phone Number: (203) 675-3300
Project Category: Clinical
International Component or Travel: No

Project Description:
The novel SARS Co-V2 (COVID-19) emerged in December of 2019 becoming a pandemic impacting the United States most severely. Florida has been hit hard by COVID-19 and as of November 24, 2020, Duval County has had 40,898 cases with 569 deaths. The ecological, health, social and molecular components of the disease are still being discovered. As information is being learned more questions are being raised. One area that needs more study is the ecologic and social factors that put individuals at increased risk for not only contracting the virus but for long term morbidity and mortality.

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are social and economic conditions, such as income, education, employment, and social support, that influence the health of individuals and communities. Social, economic and political context give rise to a person’s socioeconomic position, which results in stratification according to income, education, occupation, gender and race/ethnicity which leads to differences in material circumstance, behaviors, biological and psychosocial factors including the person’s intersection with the health system and ultimately has an impact on equity in health and overall wellbeing. The structural determinants of health operate through intermediary determinants of health to shape health outcomes. These factors have yet to be studied fully in the context of COVID-19.

Jacksonville, FL, like many other cities throughout the country, have differential health outcomes based on SDOH. SDOH have been identified and quantified by the Department of Health (https://reports.mysidewalk.com/d3dc8633ae) but to date no association to COVID-19 admission, morbidity and mortality has been studied. This study will begin to fill this gap by looking at selected SDOH, beyond race/ethnicity, to determine the association on hospitalizations, morbidity, and mortality of COVID-19 patients. A retrospective analysis of predetermined SDOH variables of COVID-19 related hospital admissions, morbidity, and mortality at UF-Health Jacksonville from March 2020 to November 2020 will be done for this study.