Healthcare is a Human Right

By Maric Kramer, eLearning and Reference Librarian

This spring, I was approached by graduate students doing a year-long participatory action research project about human rights as they relate to disparities in healthcare.  And let me tell you, this is the kind of thing a librarian dreams about!

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These social work students had done extensive work with the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester to find out where gaps in healthcare coverage existed, to collect and analyze data, and to create an action plan to create education and awareness about healthcare disparities. They had delved deeply into the scholarly research on their topic, important policy papers, and weeded through a multiplicity of government forms. They had planned to present their findings to both student and professional audiences at Wheelock College, but were looking for another way for their hard work to live on and be useful to social workers and social work students.

They approached the Library because they thought we could help. Together, we created a resource guide that would live on the Wheelock College Library website, and provide links to scholarly research, current events, and government and advocacy information, in addition to the professional development materials they had created. Our hope is that this will be a useful resource for Wheelock students studying medical social work and related fields, and for the broader Massachusetts community. Check out these Wheelock students’ excellent work here: http://library.wheelock.edu/sp/subjects/guide.php?subject=healthcare

Many thanks to Elizabeth Blumin, Jonna Green, Andrea Mellonakos, Caitlyn Neithercut, Bethany Spheekas, and Heather Strauch for sharing their wonderful work with the Library.  And many congratulations to them on their attainment of the Master’s of Social Work degree on May 17, 2013!  Their work on this project clearly shows that healthcare is a human right, and we at the Library wish them all the best in their future careers.

Can we help you to build something to for your Wheelock course or project? If so, please get in touch with a librarian! We would be happy to help.

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