Kelsey Shaulis, a graduate student in Sociology and MARTI graduate
research assistant, received the third place award for presenters from the
College of Humanities and Social Science at this year’s Graduate Scholars Forum.
Her presentation, “Family and Health Service
Utilization among Aging Immigrants in the United States,” is based on her
master’s thesis research, directed by Diane Shinberg. Kelsey also received honorable mention for
her bibliography at the forum.
research examines the ways in which policy and administrative barriers to
health care impact households and affects health service utilization among the
immigrant elderly. Situated within
Andersen's (1995) behavioral model of health services use, the driving research
questions are: what is the configuration of health service utilization and
enabling resources (including health insurance coverage) among aging immigrants
and their families; and, how does the health service utilization among the
immigrant elderly compare to the access and utilization of care for other
Kelsey is performing statistical analyses of individual and family-level
characteristics using secondary, public use data from the 2013 Household
Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) to generate data that
will answer these questions and better understand realized access to health
Kelsey, a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member, is in her second
year of the MA program in Sociology and has been a MARTI research assistant for
four years, since her junior year at IUP. She is also the CALSA student coordinator at MARTI and a founding member
of the Tlacuilo Honor Society at IUP, an honor society for student scholars interested
in Latino and Latin American Studies.
Kelsey, an alumna of the Cook Honors College, graduated summa cum laude with
a BA degree in Spanish and minors in Anthropology, Latin American Studies, and
English in 2012, with a cumulative 4.0 grade point average. As an undergraduate,
she was active in student organizations and sports, and in the summers she
volunteered at community organizations back home in Allentown, Pa.