The theme for this year is Representations of Health. This theme includes topics such as media representations of health, differences in how health care providers and the public perceive health, the ways various groups define health, et cetera. This subject is important for understanding the ways people define and conceptualize health, the way health is related to various social factors, and how concepts of health impact health behaviors, access to care, and treatment provisions. We have four amazing projects this year. Below is a short description of these projects and the researchers designing and implementing them!
Description of Project: Atlanta provides an opportunity to question a high-risk population about the risk factors and general understanding of type II diabetes. Wilson will use a survey to compare the understanding of risk factors' role in the high rates of diabetes in the south. This data may help to identify areas of misunderstanding which will allow us to address the gap in knowledge contributing to the higher rates of type II diabetes in the southern states.
Description of Project: Kristine's project focuses on health behaviors and definitions of health among college students. With the use of survey data, she aims to study how these definitions and behaviors are related to family background as well as determine if they differ between universities.
Description of Project: This study is designed to measure the effects of health literacy on food preferences in children and adolescents. Participants will be taught a series of lessons on how consuming high sugar content foods can negatively impact our health. By the end of the study, the goal is to have increased the health literacy level of the participants and measure their food preferences to observe if there is a correlation between nutritional understanding and food preference.
Description of Project: This research project aims to address the correlation between an individual's size and how others perceive his or her level of health. Data will be collected via survey from undergraduate students at Emory University. She hypothesizes that those with higher body mass index (BMI) will be categorized as less healthy than those with lower BMI.