GEOG 316 Medical Geography and Disease Ecology Ellen Percy Kraly
This course considered patterns of spatial and social distribution of disease and of health and medical resources. Student covered topics such as disease systems and disease ecology, the population analysis of mortality and morbidity, environmental influences on health, and the distribution and accessibility of health resources, and examined instances from both contemporary and historical societies throughout the world.
Students worked with the Mohawk Valley Perinatal Network in the spring of 2008 to create focus group discussions throughout Oneida County that would give the organization valuable information about perinatal care and access to medical services. The goal of the research was to assess issues surrounding maternal and infant wellness in the Mohawk Valley, with a specific focus on issues of access to pre and post natal health care in the region. The research will help the Mohawk Valley Perinatal Network build and improve upon their work in the field of maternal and infant wellness.
EDUC 418 Seminar on High-Needs Schools John Palmer
This seminar led students through an in-depth investigation and analysis of high-needs schools and the "problems" they face. The course focused on challenging views that are unduly pessimistic or do not fully represent the complexity of high-needs schools, communities, and their children.
In order to further their understanding, the students in the course studies the Utica College-based Young Scholars Liberty Partnership Program, which works with middle and high school students in the Utica school system to provide mentoring, tutoring and college preparation as a means to prevent economic inequalities from becoming educational. They provided the program with an analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, and ideas for ways to improve.