DMRI Upcoming Seminar
“Investigating Health Care Utilization Among Low-Income Adults in Duluth, Minnesota”
April 14th, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 SMED 130
Research Project Conducted by:
Karin Knutson, Christopher Knapp, Nathaniel Guimont, Brittany Vaplon
Medical Students, University of Minnesota Medical School.
Abby Steele, Meena Murugappan
Pharmacy Students,University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.
The University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth and College of Pharmacy jointly support the HOPE Clinic, a student run free clinic with faculty supervision. The HOPE Clinic is located in the CHUM drop-in center in downtown Duluth. The student board of directors wanted to gain research information on the health care access patterns of low income individuals in Duluth to provide better care for the patients that the HOPE Clinic serves, and to have a better understanding of the challenges that those individuals faced in accessing appropriate health care. Their research objective was to investigate this population’s priorities in terms of their care, including convenience, cost, service providers, and insurance. Questions that were studied through the course of this research included: 1) What types of health services are uninsured, underinsured and low-income adults in the Duluth area utilizing? 2) What is the level of awareness among this patient population of existing services geared towards this population? 3) What are some of the reasons for current service utilization choices?