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McNair Scholar 2015Bryan M. Polkey

Bryan M. Polkey is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in nursing with a Spanish studies minor. His research interests include understanding the ways policies affect health, and developing/evaluating programs that promote health. Mr. Polkey plans on earning a doctoral degree that allows him to pursue these interests.

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My dream is to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs to help shape policies, and develop and evaluate programs that promote health among veterans. I will earn a doctoral degree to achieve these goals and apply the teaching and mentorship skills I gained in the military to educating future nurses.

Research project

Medical-Legal Advocacy Screening Questionnaire: Evaluating Efficacy

Abstract: One in six low-income families in the United States experience legal problems negatively affecting their health, yet only one in five of these legal problems are addressed with an attorney’s help. Healthcare legal partnerships (HLPs) add attorneys to the healthcare team, allowing healthcare professionals to refer clients with legal needs affecting health to civil legal services. Family Advocates of Central Massachusetts developed The Medical-Legal Advocacy Screening Questionnaire and determined it screened families in pediatric and family practice settings for legal referral more effectively than the clinical interview alone. This study aims to determine if the Medical-Legal Advocacy Screening Questionnaire or the clinical interview is more effective at screening adults in a primary care setting for legal referral. As the HLP movement continues to grow, it is important to find effective screening tools that providers can use to identify clients likely to accept referral to legal advocacy. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Eileen Weber is a nurse attorney and a clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Weber earned her Juris Doctor from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis in 2004 and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota in 2014. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of law, public policy, interprofessional practice and education, and new models of care that emphasize nursing's expertise in care management and coordination. Weber is former vice president of the Minnesota Nurses Association, has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, and has presented her work internationally.