153724 Faith and politics found in the human experience of persons who are sick and uninsured

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Robert A. Jecklin Jr., MPH, PhD , Department of Health Education and Promotion, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
The faith and politics found in this research are collateral and do not reflect any intention to explore faith and politics at the start of this research. The questions organizing this research did not include any direct reference to faith or politics, but instead involved questions about the necessary learning of persons who are sick and uninsured. Still examples of faith and politics are found in the three in-depth interviews, a health care observation, environmental profiles, and limited review of related clinical literature. The semi-structured qualitative interviews discover the backgrounds bringing each participant to this point, a second interview following a health care observation focuses on health care experience, and a third 2-4 weeks later focuses on educative influence. The small number of participants is not a representative sample of the 47 million uninsured; instead this research retells the in-depth stories of 6 adults who find themselves in the predicament of being sick enough to need care beyond primary care and who must seek that care without any form of health insurance. The Midwestern participants are a mixture of male and female, black and white, rural and urban, and range in ages from 23 to 60. Their concerns are equally diverse regarding their health, social roles, and navigating a complex health care system. This paper reports and offers interpretation of participant words about their faith and politics, and participant use of faith and politics to understand what is happening.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the presentation, the learner will be able to: describe the stories of six persons who are sick and uninsured. describe what the six persons said about faith and politics. describe how six persons used faith and politics to understand their experience. discuss possible interpretations of these findings for organizing the voices of the uninsured as a political force. discuss possible interpretations of these findings for further research about faith and public health.

Keywords: Underserved, Faith Community

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No
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