January 17, 2024

HILS Graduate Student is Finalist for Michigan Health Equity Challenge

Melissa Zochowski, a HILS PhD student, with project about neurodiversity-affirming reproductive health-care delivery practices

From an article in The University Record:

The Michigan Health Equity Challenge recently announced the selection of 10 project finalists for the challenge, which aims to engage University of Michigan graduate students in developing community-based solutions to health equity challenges in southeast Michigan.

The challenge was established through a $100,000 grant from the MolinaCares Accord and Molina Healthcare of Michigan, given to the School of Public Health in the fall of 2023. The school’s Griffith Leadership Center is hosting and managing the program.

One student was Melissa Zochowski, a PhD candidate in the Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems graduate program with her project:

Collaborating with neurodivergent patients and clinicians, Zochowski will develop and implement sensory-friendly, neurodiversity-affirming reproductive health-care delivery practices. At increased risk for unintended pregnancy and likely to forego or delay care, neurodivergent individuals of reproductive age represent a significant portion of the unmet need for reproductive health care.