September 21, 2020
Two faculty members from the School of Nursing and Allied Medical Sciences (SNAMS) have successfully secured slots in the 2nd International Writing Fellowship for Social Health Research of the UST–Research Center for Social Sciences and Education. The International Writing Fellowship is a program co-convened by Nagoya City University (Japan) and ACCESS Health International. Its aim is to develop a cadre of researchers engaging in the scholarship that intersects health and society. The approach and design of the program is highly interdisciplinary with fellows coming from varied backgrounds ranging from the social sciences to health sciences.
To earn a slot in the competitive fellowship, applicants must submit a capsule research proposal geared towards addressing social and health inequities. Asst. Prof. Noriel P. Calaguas, RN, MSHSA proposed a mixed methodology inquiry into the health seeking behaviors of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth. His goal is to bring to attention the side effects of societal and systemic stigmatization and discrimination on young gender minorities. Asst. Prof. Precious Jean M. Marquez, RN, PhD submitted a proposal that intends to examine the roles of personal characteristics, jail climate, and environment and their relationships with health and wellbeing of people deprived of liberty (PDL). Dr. Marquez wanted to build on the SNAMS’ current engagement with Angeles City District Jail in improving the health of PDL.
Originally slated on February 12-14, 2020, it was rescheduled to commence on September 08, 2020 through the use of virtual spaces. The three-week fellowship program included synchronous sessions with leading international social health researchers and asynchronous activities to further develop the fellows’ research skills in health social science. The inclusion of Assistant Professors Calaguas and Marquez in the roster of fellows of the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education makes them eligible for grant in aid funding offered to the University of Santo Tomas.