Grant to fund study of Congolese refugees
Two University faculty members were awarded a $20,000 grant to study community adjustment and health care access among women who settled in the Indianapolis area after fleeing armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The funding from the Indiana Minority Health Coalition will support Through Their Eyes: Refugee Women’s Experience with Health and Health Care in Indianapolis, a project proposed by UIndy’s Dr. Shannon McMorrow (left), assistant professor of Kinesiology and interim director of the Master of Public Health program, and Dr. Jyotika Saksena (right), associate professor and director of the Master of Arts in International Relations program. The two will partner with local aid group Exodus Refugee to identify the participants, who—through a group analysis method known as “photovoice,” will receive digital cameras to document their experiences through images and narratives. Photovoice combines photography with grassroots social action, and is often used in furthering community development, education, and public health.