For nearly a decade, Princeton’s Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) has brought together students and community organizations for research projects on pressing issues such as poverty, criminal justice and environmental preservation …
Justin Conway, one of seven CBLI interns this past summer, worked with the Mount Carmel Guild of Trenton, which provides emergency assistance, preschool education and home health care services to poor residents. Conway, a sociology major on a pre-med track, helped distribute food to those seeking assistance from Mount Carmel Guild and also conducted thesis research by devising a survey on health care issues that he gave to the organization’s clients.
“Through talking with my co-workers and with social workers who came in with the clients, I got a really good understanding about what goes on in terms of health care in inner cities,” Conway said, noting that many people he met this summer have to navigate a complex network of insurance and government assistance programs. “I’m interested in seeing how the doctor-patient relationship has changed and what roles the social workers are filling in mediating that relationship.”
“I’ve read many books and articles that talk about the problems in our health care system and the people who fall through the cracks,” he said. “But to be able to see it face-to-face and to interact with them was invaluable to me and will be a big contribution to my thesis.”
From Eric Quinoñes, Princeton Weekly Bulletin
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