African American women have a disproportionately high rate of heart disease, yet many of them are unaware that they’re at risk. By reaching out to black communities where the need is greatest, nurses can increase awareness and empower vulnerable women to reduce their risk.
Prostate cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed forms of cancer in the United States. When compared with Caucasian males, African American males are diagnosed much later and the mortality rate is 2.4 times higher. Part of the problem is a lack of knowledge in the African American community, but nurses can combat the disparities through creative outreach.
By now, you are probably all too aware of the toll heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes are taking on minority communities. But what can you do to curb the trend in the patients you treat—and in yourself?
Minority Americans pay a staggering price for disparities in diabetes care. There are as many reasons for these disparities as there are effects stemming from unequal treatment. Here, one researcher discusses the issue, including pertinent economic data, policy issues, the ethical issues at stake—and the relevance to the nursing profession.
Hypertension is a serious health problem affecting African Americans more frequently than other ethnic groups. Here, one nurse observes the reasoning behind patients' antihypertensive medication noncompliance and how to properly educate them.
Each year, thousands of children in the U.S. are killed or injured in car accidents because they were not riding in child safety seats or because the seats were not installed properly - and a disproportionate amount of those children are African American or Hispanic.