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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Danielle Wright
Project L/EARN Intern - 2005
Danielle Wright
The Relationship Between Parental Health Attitudes and Dissatisfaction with New Jersey's State Children's Health Insurance Program
Jane Miller, Ph.D.
E.J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Danielle is a Biology major here at Rutgers University. One of the program’s youngest interns, she applied to the program because she wanted experience in research as early as possible. Danielle feels that the most important thing she learned this summer was the need for more minorities in the research field. “A lot of the research is about minorities, but they are not conducting it. Now that I have completed Project L/EARN, I feel prepared to go out and make real contributions.”

Danielle had the opportunity to work with Dr. Jane Miller this summer to develop her project. She found Dr. Miller’s style easy to follow and comprehend, allowing her to learn more about statistical procedures and research. Danielle’s father is pursuing his Ph.D., and she now feels that she is in a position to help him based on her exposure to statistical tests and research concepts.

Her research during the summer of her internship focused on New Jersey’s SCHIP program; she sought to discover if a parent’s race and plan enrollment, which is based on income level, can influence parental attitudes toward the health care. Beyond that, she investigated whether all three factors play a role in parental dissatisfaction with the SCHIP program. Research results show that health care attitudes are the best predictors of dissatisfaction with the SCHIP program, and that an individual’s race affects the development of these attitudes more than income.

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