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Medication Compliance in the African American Patient with Hypertension

Medication Compliance in the African American Patient with Hypertension

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.

UF College of Nursing Receives Over $1 Million for Minority Health Research

The University of Florida (UF) College of Nursing in Gainesville found itself $1,531,000 richer this year after receiving three separate grants to pursue research in cancer, asthma, infant mortality and other health problems that disproportionately affect minorities.

Breast Cancer Crusader

Breast Cancer Crusader

For women’s health advocate Dr. Shirley Lampkin, fighting breast cancer disparities in the African American community isn’t just a job—it’s a mission.

Community Spirit

In Los Angeles, a community development organization is partnering with local colleges and hospitals to develop a much-needed resource: more Latino nurses.

Spreading the Word

A unique cancer education and early detection program helps nurses of color share life-saving prevention information with residents of at-risk minority communities--and each other.

Nurse, Advocate, Activist

Haydee Canovas is a nurse with an exceptional commitment to improving lives in the Hispanic community--and health care is just the beginning.

Toxic Avengers

For years, disadvantaged neighborhoods have been unfairly singled out as targets for corporate polluting. Now minority environmental health nurses are helping these communities fight back.

Helping At-Risk Kids Get “Teen Smart”

In a unique community partnership, student nurses teamed up with Inner City high school teachers and students to help reduce minority teens’ health risks. Their secret weapon: the Internet.

Shock Treatment

Scaring inner city teens into making better life choices may seem like an unorthodox tactic. But as “Shock Mentor” Allen Wolfe has proven, this hard-hitting approach really works.

Opportunities in Forensic Nursing

Opportunities in Forensic Nursing

Even though it’s still hard to find a full-time career in this emerging specialty, the outlook for future jobs is promising and the need for more minority forensic nurses is growing

Touching Hearts

Touching Hearts

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.

Our Voice at the CDC

Thanks to the historic appointment of American Indian nurse Pelagie “Mike” Snesrud to a key federal health policy-making position, tribal nations have a champion within the system to advocate for their needs.

Multicultural Diabetes Prevention Campaign Offers Resources for Nurses

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a federally funded program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently created Small Steps, Big Rewards, billed as the first-ever national multicultural diabetes prevention campaign designed specifically to reach diverse populations that have the highest risk of developing the disease.

Where There’s Smoke

Individually and collectively, nurses can play a unique leadership role in reducing tobacco use in minority communities. Here’s how you can get involved.

The Color of Hope

The Color of Hope

Suicide rates in minority communities are reaching epidemic proportions, especially among the younger generation. Here’s how nurses can make an impact in reversing this tragic trend.

Fighting Diabetes Disparities in Communities of Color

Fighting Diabetes Disparities in Communities of Color

From Indian reservations and U.S./Mexico border communities to major urban centers, minority nurses are finding that culturally competent interventions and community outreach are beginning to make a difference in closing the diabetes gap.

Giving Patients a Second Chance at Life

Giving Patients a Second Chance at Life

By choosing careers in transplant nursing, minority nurses can not only save lives but also help increase the disproportionately low rates of organ donation in communities of color.

Nurses vs. HIV/AIDS Disparities: Interventions that Work

In part one of an exclusive two-part series, we showcase the innovative work of minority nurses who are creating successful solutions for improving HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in communities of color.

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