Center for Social Concerns presents Ganey Award, grants

Author: Michael O. Garvey


The University of Notre Dames Center for Social Concerns will honor a member of the sociology faculty and present research mini-grants to three campus-community partnerships at a dinner Wednesday (May 4).

Felicia B. LeClere, director of the Laboratory for Social Research, associate professor of sociology and fellow in the Center for Social Concerns, will receive the Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-Based Research Award.A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1997, LeClere teaches and studies demography, methods and statistics, and family and medical sociology.

Assisted by a previous Ganey research mini-grant, she has been studying the conditions affecting the homeless people served bySouth Bends Center for the Homeless since 2003.The mini-grant received this year will make possible the expansion of this research project to include homeless people served by other agencies in theSouth Bendarea.

In addition to the award, three Ganey mini-grants will be given to support research of benefit to the communities of Michiana.One will assist Notre Dame sociologists working with Refugee and Immigration Services of South Bend to assess attempts to find employment for the areas recently arrived refugees; another will assist Notre Dame anthropologists working with Memorial Health Care Systems breast cancer advocacy program, Women in Touch, in attempting to give an account of the disproportionately higher rates of the disease among African-American women; and a third mini-grant will support a collaborative attempt of several local organizations to assess the state of African-American arts and arts programming in the area.

The award and mini-grants are named in honor of Rodney F. Ganey, president of Press Ganey Associates.Ganey was a member of Notre Dame’s sociology faculty from 1979 to 1996.In 1985, he and Notre Dame anthropology professor Irwin Press founded Press Ganey Associates, Inc., now the nation’s leading research firm specializing in patient satisfaction measurement.

* Contact: * _Mary Beckman, Center for Social Concerns, at 574-631-4172 or _

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