New Publication - Latino/a Student Experience in Catholic High Schools

Carin Appleget, Timothy Cook, Ronald Fussell, Kelsey Philippe, Renzo Rosales, Thomas Simonds and I were part of a multi-disciplinary research team of Creighton University faculty in Education and Anthropology that explored the experiences and concerns of Latino/a students and their parents related to being welcomed and included in Catholic high schools in a United States diocese. We collected both qualitative and quantitative data in order to create a fuller picture of Latino/a experiences in these high schools. We make recommendations to advance the scholarship on best practices for including students of new demographic groups in Catholic high schools. The article was published in International Studies in Catholic Education.

Collaborative Research on the Effectiveness of Mission Statements

mvvDr. Katie Clark (Augsburg University), Dr. Becky Davis (Creighton University), Dr. LeAnn Holmes (University of Nebraska Medical Center), Dr. Joyce Miller (Augsburg University), Dr. Margo Minnich (Creighton University), and I will work together from July 2022 to August 2023 on a mixed methods research project that explores the effectiveness of mission, vision, and value statements of our three universities and their doctoral programs in Nursing Practice in forming graduates whose value commitments and professional practice are aligned with these statements. We will collect data from students, faculty, and alumnae/i through interviews, focus groups, and sorting and rating.

Here is the abstract of the research proposal:

Medical Anthropology and Mission

Together with Hsaw Reh and Hugh Truempi, I contributed a chapter to Giants' Footprints (2021), edited by Grodź, Michael and Schroeder, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Anthropos Institute. Our chapter, "Medical Anthropology and Mission: Health, Well-Being and Pastoral Ministry among Resettled Karenni Refugees in Omaha", discusses the centrality of research in medical anthropology among the institute's members and the synergy that exists between ministry and research, illustrated by exploratory research into the meaning and use of water among the Karenni in Omaha.

Book Publication

front coverTransforming Lives: Health Initiatives in Faith Communities has been published by Lexington Books. It is based on a casestudy with faith community nurses and health ministers in Omaha, Nebraska, and argues that they and their programs in faith communities have the potential to become significant partners with health systems and governments in providing health services to communities.