Shekinah Fashaw, '15


Shekinah Fashaw, '15





Shekinah is pursuing an interdisciplinary studies degree, focusing on biomedical sciences and public affairs in Undergraduate Studies, and minoring in health services administration. Her academic achievements include the President's Honor Roll and dean's list every semester. As a McNair Scholar and a member of The Burnett Honors College, she is conducting independent health services research and looking forward to presenting at future conferences. She has also worked as a research assistant in the College of Nursing through the LEAD Scholars Assistantship program. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity, as well as the President's Leadership Council. As a founding member of two student organizations, she values servant leadership and creating opportunities for others. She served in Student Government Association during her entire academic career; most recently, as the director of Student Affairs and as the Outreach chair on the Golden Rule Review Committee. Her passion for continuously investing in others is what drives her. She served as a student representative on the Capital Improvement Trust Fund Fee Committee as well as the Student Activities Committee leader for SDES PROGRESS initiative. For all of her achievements Shekinah has also been recognized with UCF's highest honor, the Order of Pegasus. She plans to obtain her Ph.D. in Public Health and work in a government or research organization that focuses on health policy.

Faculty Mentor

Latarsha Chisholm

Undergraduate Major

Interdisciplinary Studies

Future Plans

Ph.D. in Public Health


The Use of Physical Restraints among Nursing Home Residents: Do Disparities Exist? Conducted at University of Central Florida as part of the Honors in the Major Undergraduate Thesis Project Awards: 1st Place in Health Sciences Division, UCF Showcase for Undergraduate Research Excellence Mentor: Dr. Latarsha Chisholm, PhD, MSW - Assistant Professor - Department of Health Management & Informatics Abstract: The purpose of this study is to examine how nursing home (NH) characteristics, specifically racial composition of nursing homes residents, influences the use of physical restraints. This is cross-sectional study using a 2010 national data set from Brown University Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research. This study employs Donabedian's Structure-Process-Outcome (SPO) conceptual framework. Statistical analysis will include univariate, bivariate, and a generalized hierarchical linear model. Prior research indicates that racial/ethnic disparities do exist in the quality of care provided to nursing home residents As such, it is hypothesized that nursing homes with higher proportions of minority residents will be associated with higher prevalence of physical restraint use. Only one prior study suggests that restraint use is higher for black nursing home residents compared to white residents. Furthermore, this study controls for covariates such as cognitive impairments and Alzheimer's special care units which may influence the use of restraints in nursing homes Despite policies already in place, restraint use continues in nursing homes. Further research will be needed to determine ways to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in nursing homes. As the population ages and becomes more diverse, it is essential to mitigate/eliminate racial/ethnic disparities in quality care. This research, once completed, will add to the nursing home literature focused on racial/ethnic disparities.

Graduate School

Brown University (Ph.D.)


Public Health

Shekinah Fashaw, '15