From Ogden to D.C.
WSU graduate Madelaine Tesori BS ’18 conducted 1½ years of research on the barriers to healthcare for African-Americans. She then took her findings directly to those most capable of implementing change — Congress.
Tesori traveled to Washington, D.C., in April 2018 to present her work during Posters on the Hill, a program that gives students the opportunity to meet with legislators. She spoke individually with nearly all of Utah’s representatives. Her goal was to convey the importance of using research to inform policy decisions.
Posters on the Hill typically selects just one student per state, and Tesori said she will always be grateful for the opportunity to present her work.
“This is the kind of thing researchers dream of,” she said. “I understand the impact that policy has on people’s lives, especially when it comes to healthcare; it can literally be a matter of life or death.”
Tesori conducted her research with WSU’s Center for Community Engaged Learning Community Research Team. She also collaborated with Project Success Coalition, a nonprofit organization that works with African-American communities in Utah, to conduct focus groups with residents.
“I had a unique opportunity that I truly wish more people could experience,” Tesori said. “I got to listen to people’s experiences and hear about all the things that prevent them from accessing a human need we all share — healthcare. That was a powerful and raw experience I will never forget.”