In recent years, the relationship between oral health and overall wellness has teetered on the edge of public awareness. Now, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is launching an initiative aimed at making it a top priority.
President Obama signed the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010, and its first changes went into effect on July 1 of the same year. But signing that bill was just the beginning of a passionate national health care debate.
Kuleana. This melodic Hawaiian word refers to a personal yet shared responsibility toward family and society. It's a philosophy that guides Jamie Kamailani Boyd, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., and her work, including the Pathway out of Poverty program she started in 2007.
FairCare, an initiative of Senator Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), calls for the medical community to establish quantifiable standards of treatment for all patients, to help ensure fairness and consistency of care. But even more important, FairCare would offer financial incentives to providers who show a commitment to leveling the health care playing field.
In the year 2000, 86% of Caucasian children in the U.S. were reported by their parents to be in excellent or very good health, compared to only 75% of Hispanic children and 74% of African-American children.
As the first Asian American president of AARP, Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, MS, FAAN, brings a unique combination of nursing expertise, advocacy and cultural competence to the national dialogue on ensuring quality health care for older Americans.
Comparative effectiveness research (CER) is the most recent tool the federal government has added to its arsenal of strategies for eliminating minority health disparities. The question is:
Can it deliver?
The nurses who authored Advancing the Dream through Faculty Diversity 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.
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.