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Faculty & Staff Honors

Saint Louis Researcher Chosen as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program Scholar

Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy Kimberly Enard at Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice has received a $50,000, one-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to study an initiative designed to improve access to health care for “safety-net” patients- those she describes as low income, uninsured, or covered by Medicaid.

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[Photo: Dr. Kimberly Enard]

“Many safety-net patients do not have a primary care doctor, or have trouble getting an appointment with their doctor, and rely on hospital emergency departments when they have unmet health care needs. Patient navigation is a way to guide safety-net patients to health care, public health, social and community services that support their health and well-being,” Dr. Enard said.

“My study will evaluate a patient navigation program sponsored by Houston-based Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation that uses emergency department-based community health workers to provide education and counseling, psychosocial support and logistical assistance so safety-net patients can find and maintain primary care medical homes.”

The grant is one of 17 RWJF New Connections grants, a national program that engages early- to mid-career scholars from historically underrepresented groups, such as racial or ethnic minorities, first-generation college graduates, residents of low-income communities or those who have a disability.

“I am excited to join the RWJF New Connections network of researchers who share a commitment to building a culture of health that helps those most in need and uplifts underserved communities in novel, meaningful ways,” Dr. Enard said.

Visit the College for Public Health and Social Justice website to learn more.