Mentor: Dr. Nancy Hardt, M.D.
College of Medicine
"I had never imagined that research would have been something that I ended up treasuring. Before I came to the University of Florida, I had heard the horror stories of the 'endless paperwork' that came with it, and gladly swore it off. When I got here, however, it interested me to go beyond the classroom and test the waters for myself. I got involved with a Neurosurgery lab during my freshman year as a result of this fascination, but ultimately decided that it wasn't for me--I was looking for something beyond the microscope and pipettes. I am heavily involved with the Health Outreach Quality Improvement program, which strives to provide high-quality, comprehensive, and patient-centered care (through the Equal Access Clinic Network and Mobile Outreach Clinic) to the underserved population of Alachua county. It is a brilliant service through the UF College of Medicine that truly does gives back to the community, and I wanted to play an integral role in further increasing the quality of the healthcare services that we provide. The outcomes of my ongoing research allow me to do just that. Knowing that clinical change for both healthcare providers and patients can be possible as a direct result of my research motivates me. Dr. Nancy Hardt's guidance through my journey has enabled me to grow as an innovative researcher, a practical thinker, and a developing professional. As a future healthcare provider, I am extremely grateful to my involvement with research for opening my eyes to the importance of evidence-based medicine. "
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
- Chronic Illness
- Primary Care Quality Improvement
- Community Care and Outreach
- Equal Access Clinic
- Streetlight at UF Health
- Arts in Medicine
Hobbies and Interests
- Instrument: Tabla
Are safety net clinics effective in lowering patient blood pressures?
High blood pressure is a silent killer associated with myocardial infarction and stroke. This project proposes to investigate the effectiveness of safety net clinics in decreasing blood pressures in patients with hypertension. The Equal Access Clinic Network (EACN) and Mobile Outreach Clinic (MOC) are free medical clinics that serve the underserved population of Alachua County. Because hypertension is such a prevalent condition in the their patient population, it is important to see if these clinics are effectively managing this chronic condition. A study at Harvard University’s mobile clinic* showed statistical decreases in blood pressure, but their clinic referred patients elsewhere for care. The EACN and MOC clinics' patients receive care at the clinic sites. This project ascertains clinically significant categories of patient blood pressure (normotensive, pre-hypertensive, and hypertensive) changes over time as opposed to the statistically significant changes found in study mentioned above. Statistically significant changes may not reach the threshold of clinical significance. To save lives, we need clinically significant change. *Song, Zirui, et al. "Mobile clinic in Massachusetts associated with cost savings from lowering blood pressure and emergency department use." Health Affairs 32.1 (2013): 36-44.