Jequetta Thomas is a senior at East Carolina University majoring in University Studies with a thematic core in Women’s Healthcare Advocacy. For the Fall 2014 semester Jequetta decided to complete independent research for her UNIV 4990 capstone project for the University Studies Program, on Women Beating Hypertension, at East Carolina University’s Department of Health Education and Promotion/ College of Health and Human Performance, mentored by Dr. Monica Webb.
The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) awarded Jequetta’s research project $2,280 in funding. The 2014-15 URCA winners will be recognized and celebrated during a ceremony on Monday March 16, 2015 from 5:30-6:30PM in the Murphy Center.
“The purpose of the study is to focus on helping minority women prevent heart disease by facilitating behavior changes to avoid hypertension. I want to help address these issues among African American women in Eastern North Carolina by providing them with health skills to prevent high blood pressure and avoid heart disease. Therefore, this study will specifically focus on educating African American women on the importance of checking their blood pressure and making healthy diet changes in order to prevent or control hypertension.”
“This brief intervention will employ a pre- and post-test methodological design. Thirty African American women from Greenville Community Christian Church will participate in a four week study, designed to occur one hour a week. They will be educated on hypertension, risk behaviors such as: diet changes, blood pressure monitoring, and exercise. Specific focus will be placed on diet changes and skills relating to their self-monitoring of blood pressure. Pre- and post-test behavioral surveys and blood pressure scores will be recorded at the beginning and end of the study to evaluate the brief intervention.”
Hometown: Thomasville, North Carolina
Favorite Class: Human Anatomy & Physiology (Biology 2140 and 2150)
Dream Job: Midwife and a Health Educator in North Carolina
Reason for choosing University Studies (BSUS): It was the perfect opportunity to graduate from ECU with all of the classes that I accumulated and to help me with my future goal of advocating for women and their health issues.
Significant lesson you’ve learned while at ECU: I have learned to keep going and endure no matter what and to overcome any obstacles. Perseverance is key.
Hobbies: I like to dance, volunteer, and explore other cultures and ethnic groups.
Your words to live by: “Live, Love, Laugh.” “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right.” Marilyn Monroe
Plans after graduation: Complete Master’s degree in Health Education, and apply to nursing school at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).