Many Americans of color are reluctant to reveal information about their family health histories, even to their closest loved ones. Minority nurses can play an important role in helping to break the cycle of secrecy.
The rapidly expanding field of disease management abounds with opportunities for culturally diverse nurses who can educate and empower patients with chronic illnesses to take charge of their own health.
The most recent Hawaii Diabetes Report, released earlier this year by the Hawaii State Department of Health's Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, reveals that this serious disease is a major public health problem in the Aloha State-and it is hitting people of Native Hawaiian, Filipino and Japanese ancestry particularly hard.
Attention, Filipino nurses: If you are an alumnus of the University of the Philippines-Manila College of Nursing (UPCN), or if you simply want to show your support for this venerable educational institution, UPCN's newly established Faculty Endowment Fund hopes to hear from you.
The federal Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recently awarded some $30 million in grants to support community programs and services designed to help American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribal elders lead healthier lives.
It was the era of the Civil Rights Movement, a time when history was being made across America. In 1954, the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision mandated the racial integration of the nation's public schools. In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King led the March on Washington. And on May 2, 1965, the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) made civil rights history in the nursing profession by launching the Breakthrough to Nursing Project (BTN).
Does it seem to you that most academic nursing books and journals still don't pay enough attention to the urgent crisis of racial and ethnic minority health disparities in America and to the role minority nurses can play in helping to eliminate them?
According to the Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation, Hispanics account for 13% of the U.S. population but only 1% of participants in clinical trials for new treatments for serious conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.