Underserved populations

Understanding health disparities in Indiana

When discussing economic disparities, urban centers often come to mind, and rightfully so, as a greater concentration of people tends to yield more socioeconomic disparities.

Class on the water

Class on the water

During the 2011 National Nurses Week, a week the American Nurses Association honors every year from National Nurses Day, May 6, to Florence Nightingale's birthday, May 11, four nursing students were given the opportunity to travel to Sierra Leone to work on a field mission for Mercy Ships.

Healthier kids' meals

Child obesity is more of a problem in the United States today than it was a decade ago.

PSA: Hospitals for Humanity looking for nurses

Hospitals For Humanity (HFH) is a registered nonprofit organization with 501(C) 3 status in the United States. The organization provides health care for people living in the least developed countries of the world.

Cancer rates higher for lesbian, gay, and bisexual community

A study by the Boston University School of Public Health has found a need to create health programs specifically promoting the well-being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual cancer survivors. The research was lead by Ulrike Boehmer, associate professor of community health sciences.

California hospital ER overcrowding affects area minorities

A University of California, San Francisco study found that California hospitals in areas with large minority populations are more likely to be overcrowded and divert ambulances, delaying timely emergency care.

Nurses and Community Clinics

Carmen Lopez, R.N., Angela Hernandez, R.N., and Terry Frizzell, R.N.

Community and public health nursing draws upon the very foundations of the profession: promoting preventive health care and serving the underserved. With the passage of health care reform, community clinics have seen increases across the board—including a growing need for nurses. Here we explore what working in one of these facilities is like and why they are so crucial to improving health care services and access for all.

Racial and Ethnic Disparity in Diabetes Care

Racial and  Ethnic Disparity in Diabetes Care

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.

Correctional Facility Nursing

Correctional Facility Nursing

A misunderstood and little-known nursing specialty that can offer surprising opportunities to give back while also growing in the profession

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Rural Minority Health (But Couldn’t Find Information On)

When it comes to accessibility and quality of health care, people of color who live in remote rural areas are one of the most severely underserved populations in America.

Senior Citizens At Risk for Untreated Asthma

Many elderly people have moderate or severe asthma that has been underdiagnosed or undertreated, according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins University.

Hispanic Health Information Is Just a Phone Call Away

Hispanics continue to face substantial health disparities, including underinsurance, a lack of linguistically and culturally competent health care providers, and disproportionately high rates of serious chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Cultural Proficiency the Answer to Mental Health Disparities, Surgeon General Reports

America’s racial and ethnic minority groups face major disparities when it comes to accessing quality mental health services, according to a recent report by the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher.

Caring for Communities After Disaster

Caring for Communities After Disaster

Beyond the medicine and procedures, there’s a process behind disaster care that’s dramatically different from your everyday work, even in the busiest ER. There’s also an emotional component that’s hard to describe unless you’ve been there.

Trying to Breathe Easy

Trying to Breathe Easy

For those children and families living in homeless shelters, dealing with chronic diseases like asthma is doubly difficult. Now researchers from Mercy College School of Nursing are looking for ways to alleviate their symptoms.

Careers in the Indian Health Service

Whether you’re a Native American nurse who wants to improve the health of your people or any minority nurse who wants to make a difference helping underserved communities, the IHS


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