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PC Faculty Prioritizing Empowered Scholarship – The Cowl

Published in January of this year, Robert Hecke and Todd Olzewski’s work “Healthcare Issues Today: Democrats and Republicans” explores the politics behind the COVID-19 pandemic and many other health care issues our country has faced over the past two years. Although Hakey and Olszewski are the listed authors, they worked with a team of 12 students from Providence College to give students a chance to be part of an incredibly unique independent study. Both Hakey and Olszewski are faculty members here at PC in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

The book was originally inspired by a presentation given by ABC-CLIO, an academic reference business publishing company, which stated that it was looking for someone to write about health care issues from a bipartisan perspective as part of a series called “Across the Aisle.” They emphasized the bipartisan partnership. , because they wanted to examine Democrats and Republicans’ responses to the issues of the pandemic and health care. The book not only covers recent political issues related to COVID-19 and health care, but also looks at historical perspectives and legislative evidence.

Although it can be seen that there is a particularly large split between political parties and their view of how the United States will respond to the pandemic, the divide over health care has been a much larger ongoing problem. There is a lot of talk about who should receive free health care, and whether free health care, health insurance, prescriptions, and more should be offered.

In this book, Hakey, Olszewski and their students deconstruct many of these issues and shed light on political perspectives. . In a Zoom meeting with Hakey and Olszewski, they provided a brief overview of what the book will cover as well as discussing the project’s journey. Olszewski talked about the challenges they overcame, as well as how huge the students have been working on the research side of a soon-to-be-published book.

“If not for our students, we wouldn’t have done this and I think it is a true testament to our students that the classes are as powerful as they are,” said Hacky.

There was one thing they stressed, which was a very important part of the whole group process, and that was empowering scholarships. At the beginning of the group meetings, the participants will identify the strengths and weaknesses of each person. This helped determine the most appropriate place for each individual to search. They described everyone on their team as a piece of the puzzle that came together to create something really cool. Although they have an engagement tracking system in place, they still face challenges along the way. One of those was time. The students weren’t able to lower their course load even while they were in such a time-consuming study and were also working on this magnification throughout the pandemic.

Hakey and Olszewski talked about the huge amount of time and effort that went into creating the classes simply and in the order in which they should go in. The chapters, in addition to making sure the book flows, took a good chunk of time. They mentioned that they had to make sure all twelve student voices were heard and included in the book, which was definitely a challenge. Even through trials and tribulations to turn research into an academic chapter of an entire series, their team is buoyed.

Hakey and Olszewski were very grateful to the students who worked with them and recounted how different but amazing it was to work alongside their fellow-turned-students.


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