Community health

Fighting the Meth Addiction Epidemic in Indian Country

Although methamphetamine abuse is a relatively new phenomenon in American Indian communities, it is quickly reaching crisis proportions. Here’s how nurses are helping patients and tribes find solutions to this devastating problem.

Fighting Gangs the Healthy Way

How Hispanic nurses in South Chicago are addressing gangs as a public health issue.

Careers in Nephrology Nursing

The growing epidemic of kidney disease in minority communities is creating an urgent need for culturally competent nurses of color with training and skills in this specialty.

Minority Women and Lupus

Minority Women and Lupus

Women of color have higher incidence rates of this serious autoimmune disease than their white counterparts. They also tend to have a more severe and aggressive form of the disease. What role can nurses play in helping to fight lupus disparities?

Body and Soul

Body and Soul

For a dedicated group of parish nurses in Mississippi, educating communities of color about health promotion and disease prevention isn’t a job—it’s a spiritual calling

Preventing Premature Birth Disparities

Preventing Premature Birth Disparities

How nurses can address the growing crisis of high preterm birth rates in minority women and help give infants of all colors an equal chance for a healthy start in life

Advancing the Dream through Faculty Diversity

Advancing the Dream through Faculty Diversity

The nurses who authored Looking for Black Nurse Leaders: A Call to Action and this article, each reached out to Minority Nurse in search of a place to share their experiences as nurses, as African Americans. From different areas of the country and different professional backgrounds, never knowing one another, they both submitted abstracts that put forth the same beliefs and arguments, grounded in a desire to improve diversity in the workplace as a means to improve the quality of life in the black community

Turning the Tide: Teen Pregnancy in Minority Communities

Martha Ledezma, R.N.

With the number of teenage pregnancies on the rise again, particularly in minority communities, nurses are dedicating themselves to mentoring and teaching young mothers to reverse the trend.

Diversity: A Public Health Issue

Diversity: A Public Health Issue

It's no secret that health care professionals must identify, respect, and care about their patients' differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs. Some patients' backgrounds might be similar to those of the care provider and some may be different. It's the differences that cry out for attention.

African American Men and Prostate Cancer: The Need for Innovative Education

African American Men and Prostate Cancer: The Need for Innovative Education

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.

Trust: The Barrier Between Minorities and Clinical Research

Trust: The Barrier Between Minorities and Clinical Research

Given the major health issues disproportionately affecting minorities, there are life-altering reasons to target such communities for clinical trials and research. But doing so requires combating lingering mistrust, reaching out to neighborhood allies, and even educating yourself.

Minority Pediatric Health

Gwenda Grant, R.N.

From the neonatal ward to young adults, minority nurses are fighting for the future health of their communities. These nurses are leading innovative new programs and advocating for disparities that exist even for their smallest patients.

Nurses, Culture and Cancer

Nurses, Culture and Cancer

Through culturally competent outreach, education, research and patient care, nurses can make a dramatic difference in reducing minority cancer disparities

A Guide on the Journey to Womanhood

A Guide on the Journey to Womanhood

Nurse practitioner Mary Arnold’s innovative "Girltalk" workshops help young girls and their families prepare for the challenges of puberty

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