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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Taliah Roach
Project L/EARN Intern - 2000
Taliah Roach
Effects of Income on Respite Utilization
Dorothy Gaboda, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Data Analysis
Center for State Health Policy
Mina Silberberg

Taliah had been a Livingston College student who had majored in Sociology and minored in Political Science. Her career goals include pursuing a doctorate in Public Health, with a concentration in Policy and Mangement, while also pursuing her Juris Doctorate in law with a concentration in Health Law.

Taliah is adamant about gaining valuable research experience as an undergraduate, as Project L/EARN served to "further improve [her] research abilities and skills". She has participated in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, the Minority Academic Careers Program, and has acted as a junior research assistant. Moreover, Taliah has been recognized for her academic and research accomplishments through numerous awards. In fact, Taliah has received the Bill Gates Millennium Scholars Award, the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Scholarship, and was a Paul Robeson Research Scholar of Livingston College.

Taliah was unsure about pursuing Public Health prior to her summer in Project L/EARN. She stated, "After coming in contact with the people at the Center [for State Health Policy] I have concretely decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Public Health". While exploring the association between social class and respite utilization that summer, Taliah became "increasingly interested in the difference research makes in policy". She considers her interaction with her mentor, Dr. Mina Silberburg, and with Dr. Dorothy Gaboda to have been very valuable and rewarding.

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