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Maryland Student Wins Best Student Poster at the AcademyHealth Annual Meeting

Ms. Yooni Choi, a master of public health student in the University of Maryland School of Public Health department of health services administration, was awarded the Best Student Poster at AcademyHealth’s 2018 Annual Research Meeting held in Seattle in June. Her poster, “Disparities in Health Insurance Uptake After the Affordable Care Act by Limited English Proficient (LEP) Asians and Latinos in California” was based on research that seeks to understand why some racial/ethnic minorities are less likely to access insurance coverage and how to address these gaps.

The AcademyHealth Student Poster Award recognizes the outstanding research of a student and the quality of the presentation during the Annual Research Meeting each June.

Using the California Health Interview Survey, Ms. Choi’s research examined the differences in insurance enrollment among LEP and racial/ethnic minorities that may contribute to disparities in insurance coverage and found that “Implementation of the Affordable Care Act including Covered California’s marketing campaign improved insurance coverage rates across the state.”

Ms. Choi’s research highlights that states which have shorter enrollment periods and reduced marketing/outreach budgets may see higher uninsured rates in their LEP populations. Her research concludes that “English proficiency may better explain insurance status differences than other socioeconomic and demographic variables.”

Collaborators include assistant professor Dr. Neil Sehgal, and associate professor Dr. Dylan Roby, both in the UMD SPH department of health services administration (HLSA), and Mr. Jun Chu. In addition to being an MPH student, Ms. Choi also serves as project manager for supporting the five-year evaluation of the Delaware Contraceptive Access Now program, which is led by HLSA assistant professor Dr. Michel Boudreaux.