Texas Women’s History – Archive Project

My group’s project is using the Texas Women’s history archive to create a message that both promotes minority women to pursue fields in healthcare and STEM and which raises the issue of healthcare access among various demographic groups. The women we have chosen to research are Lu Ann Aday, a sociologist that has researched access to healthcare and public health, and Ritsu Komaki, a Japanese women with an international perspective on healthcare and policy.

This message will be targeted to an audience of medical school deans, undergraduate school administrators, as well as minority students who may be unaware of the opportunities available to them. We will be creating a website to appeal to the young minority audience, as well as to efficiently locate a variety of resources in one location. Additionally, we will be creating flyers and informational pamphlets to appeal to each group separately. Finally, we will create a video explaining the importance of minority women in medicine and advantages they bring to healthcare to inform and inspire our audience.

This project intersects well with our archive because our archive explores the impact of women in medicine and the specific benefits that various demographics can bring to healthcare. Additionally, Dr. Aday’s research focused on access to healthcare for underrepresented minorities, an important topic in modern society. These topics can be appealing to administrators in the education industry, particularly in STEM fields, because these benefits will directly correlate to benefits for their institution: a more diverse student body will grow to address problems in healthcare with different perspectives, strengthening the reputation of the institution. Additionally, the access to healthcare is particularly important for these administrators because they care about what their medical students do after they graduate and how that impacts society. This project is important for minority adolescents because it directly affects their life and could impact their outlook on the future careers available to them.

To obtain information about our audience, specifically the administrators, we may talk to administrators here at Rice to explore how they view the importance of attracting minority students to pursue careers in STEM. The other branch of our audience can be researched by direct communication with our minority peers at Rice about what engages their attention and influences their decisions for career choice. In conclusion, our project will shed light on how in an increasingly interconnected world, a diversity of patients and patient-experiences must be a matched with a diversity of medical personnel.

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