CDI intern Avery Richardson takes health services research for a spin

08/14/17  Portland, Ore.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion adds a new health-services research track to Summer Equity program offerings

 "My experience at CHSE has been a great opportunity for me to grow and expand my knowledge ofthe urgent health concerns our society currently faces. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn more about racial and ethnic inequities in health care and the innovative steps Oregon is taking to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities." -- Avery Richardson

Avery Richardson joined CHSE this summer for the eight-week Summer Equity Research internship after graduating from Pacific University in the spring with a major in exercise science.

He took on a project at CHSE that was part of a larger NIH-funded research study examining racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare among Oregon Medicaid members, led by CHSE director John McConnell.

Avery's project surveyed community-based organizations to learn more about their employment of community health workers (CHWs), a growing new segment of the health care workforce.

Through his survey, Avery evaluated the roles of CHWs and their potential impact on improving health outcomes and reducing health inequities. CHWs serve as sources of health information in their local communities and help link people in the community with local health care services.

His internship included a literature review on the topic and work with other CHSE staff members to plan, create, and implement the survey about CHWs, then a presentation of the results as a poster and a research talk.

Avery's interests include clinical medicine, pediatrics, health policy reform, and policy change focused on enhancing early childhood development. In the future he hopes to pursue a career as a clinician while also being involved in research relating to early childhood development.