Diversions in Health Inequities Research Project (DHIRP)



First Name: 

San Juanita

Last Name: 



Project Description

This study seeks to understand whether literature published in three top health journals (for the past five years) tends to focus on disadvantaged groups in explaining health inequities to the exclusion of advantaged groups in creating such inequities.  Students will be asked to read and code articles.  Do articles tend to identify characteristics of the disadvantaged, their traits, their behaviors, their communities, their cultural orientations, their genes, or their failure to be resilient as the source of health inequalities? Or do articles identify actions advantaged people take to insure that they reap the greatest health benefits possible?   The findings from this research will be used to provide empirical evidence as to whether health research tends to divert attention away from the actions of the advantaged. 
Undergraduate Contribution
Students will be responsible for reading through various research articles and coding. These research articles will be found in Zotero, a reference manager application used by researchers to help save references, research databases, and research articles. A coding tool will be provided to facilitate the coding process. Students will be trained in qualitative coding and supervised by two faculty members (San Juanita García, UCSB and Bruce Link, UCR) and four Graduate Research Assistants (two from UCSB and two from UCR). While coding will take place individually, we will engage in group meetings especially to discuss progress in coding, inter-rater reliability, and any additional pertinent issues that arise related to the analysis. 
Highly motivated students who want to gain research experience, especially students that are passionate about health inequities are encouraged to apply. This is a great opportunity for students seeking to gain hands-on-research experience, especially those interested in pursuing graduate studies. Students will receive course credit through CHST 99 or 199RA. 
Position(s) Available: 
5 position(s) available 
Time Commitment: 
Winter 2019; Spring 2020
Type of Work: 

Requirements/Application Instructions

Minimum Requirements: 
  • UCSB or UCR Undergraduate Student 
  • 3.0 GPA or above
Other Requirements: 
  • Express enthusiasm and commitment to the research project
  • A strong sense of responsibility and meticulousness in completing tasks 
  • Great time-management skills and strong analytical skills
  • Curiosity and grit in completing projects 
TO APPLY Please contact Dr. San Juanita García with Diversions in Health Inequities Research Project in the email subject heading. 
In your email please tell me why you are interested in this research opportunity and what you hope to gain from this experience. Attach a resume or curriculum vitae with your email. 
Contact Information: 
San Juanita García, PhD
Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies 
University of California, Santa Barbara