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When Johnny’s Mom Can’t Read: UAB Nursing Program Aids Low-Literacy Parents

C. Alicia Georges, RN, EdD, FAAN, president of the National Black Nurses Foundation, reported that lack of health literacy has been identified as “a significant barrier to closing the disparity gap between ethnic people of color and the general population.”

Wanted: Culturally Competent Writers and Reviewers for Nursing Certification Exams

Do credentialing examinations for nurses, such as the NCLEX-RN and specialty certification exams, put minority and foreign-educated candidates at a disadvantage? Or are these tests indeed culturally sensitive and fair to all who take them, regardless of race, ethnicity or national origin?

All Aboard for Cardiovascular Research TRAINing

Culturally sensitive nurse researchers investigate the causes of unequal heart disease outcomes between Caucasian Americans and the nation’s rapidly growing minority populations.

Nursing Professor Receives Nearly $1 Million in Funding for Landmark Research Study

“I’ve always been interested in designing interventions that are targeted to improving the health outcomes of high-risk populations--particularly children, adolescents, pregnant teens and mothers,” says Luz Porter, RN-CS (FNP), PhD, a graduate professor at Florida International University School

Another Perspective on Men in Nursing

In the Spring 2002 issue of Minority Nurse, our cover story on strategies for recruiting men into nursing examined, among other things, some of the stereotypes, prejudices and outright discrimination that continue to be significant challenges for men who choose to pursue this traditionally female career.

“Clair Huxtable” Helps Raise Awareness of the Link Between Heart Disease and Diabetes

Former President Bill Clinton's initiative to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health categorizes cardiovascular disease and diabetes as two separate health issues. Yet the connection between these two conditions is so strong that it is virtually impossible to tackle one without also addressing the other.

Minority Nurses Capture Top Awards in National Recognition Program

An RN with a disability who overcame discrimination to achieve a successful nursing career. An African-American Navy nurse who heroically saved the life of a dying Iraqi boy during Operation Iraqi Freedom. What do these two minority nurses have in common?

DaimlerChrysler Donates Safety Seats to Save Minority Kids’ Lives

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.

Lupus a Growing Threat for Minority Women

While efforts to close racial and ethnic health gaps in such areas as cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular disease are frequently in the national spotlight, lupus is one minority health disparity that has received relatively little attention.

Resources Available for Fighting SIDS in Native American Communities

Infant mortality is one of the six target areas of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s ongoing initiative to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health by the year 2010.

New Study Finds Racial Disparity in Kidney Cancer Patients

A study published in the journal Cancer finds that black patients diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma (RCC)—the most common type of kidney cancer in adults—have a lower survival rate than white patients.


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