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Obama Economic Stimulus Program Includes Minority Health Provisions

During all the recent discussion and debate over President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus package, we’re heard plenty of talk about things like shovel-ready projects, rebuilding crumbling infrastructure and green energy jobs. But what about nurse-ready projects?

Nursing Education Bills Need Your Support

Now that Congress has finally appropriated funding to implement the landmark Nurse Reinvestment Act of 2002--signed into law last August in response to the national nursing shortage but not funded until February 2003--an exciting array of new programs are in the works to encourage the next generation of nurses to begin or continue their professional education.

Nation’s First HBCU Baccalaureate Nursing Program Celebrates 50th Year

The Tuskegee University Department of Nursing is proudly celebrating the Golden Anniversary of this groundbreaking step forward in making the BSN degree--with its door-opening potential for better jobs and for graduate education--more accessible to minority students.

Linguistic Competence for the 21st Century

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination--Persons with Limited-English Proficiency) requires any health care facility that receives federal funding to provide bilingual or interpreter services to patients who don’t speak English.

Correlation Found Between Poor Nutrition and Disease for African Americans

Poor eating habits and lack of exercise among African Americans increases their risk of developing cancer, obesity, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease, according to recent studies by the Public Health Institute (PHI) and the California Department of Health Services (CDHS).

Internet to Provide Health Care Information to Hispanics

Because the number of Hispanics with access to the Internet continues to increase several times faster than for any other minority group, providing health care information online is quickly becoming an effective way to reach Spanish speaking health consumers.

Patients Using Herbal Therapies Are at Risk for Drug Interactions

Nearly half of all women over 65 use herbal therapies to prevent or treat health problems, but they rarely inform their health care providers, according to a new University of Florida study.Wome

Posters and Buttons Promote Multicultural Dialogue About Domestic Violence

Innovative posters and buttons designed to foster dialogue about domestic violence between victims and health care providers are now being distributed to clinics throughout California.

CDC Examines STD Health Disparities

A recent study on sexual transmitted disease (STD) trends in the United States, “Tracking the Hidden Epidemics” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), examines the magnitude of STD epidemics by race and ethnicity.

Getting Tough About Recruiting Men into Nursing

These nine dudes are strong. They're tough. They're rugged. They're not sissies. They ride Harleys and snowboards. They play basketball and rugby. They've served in the Army and the Navy. Oh, by the way, they also happen to be nurses. And they've got a question for you, mister: Are you man enough to be a nurse?

How to Sell Kids on Nursing: Think Like a Kid!

A diverse group of teenagers smiles knowingly, because they've just found out that "nurses earn more than accountants and have more job choices than Web engineers."

ISHIB Offers Guidelines for Treating Hypertension in African Americans

According to the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB), African Americans are significantly more likely to die from high blood pressure than the general public. Yet until now, no clinical guidelines have been available to assist health care professionals in developing HBP treatment strategies targeted to the special needs of this vulnerable, high-risk population.

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.

Minority, Majority Physicians Launch Health Disparities Initiatives

Although the average physician might disagree, some nursing leaders have expressed the opinion that nurses may be way ahead of doctors when it comes to addressing the issue of racial and ethnic health disparities.

Landmark Human Genomics Study Seeks Genetic Causes of Diabetes

Several recent articles in Minority Nurse have examined how the emerging field of health care genetics and genomics has begun to revolutionize the way researchers and clinicians are working to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes.

A New Weapon in the War Against Sickle-Cell Disease

A medication traditionally associated with the treatment of cancer and AIDS has emerged as a surprise weapon in the fight against sickle-cell anemia, the painful and often fatal inherited blood disorder that occurs primarily in African Americans.

Gay Advocacy Groups Campaign for Same-Sex Hospital Visitation Rights

According to the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a national advocacy group for gay civil rights, hospitals don't always recognize same-sex partners as family because of homophobia, inadequate staff training or other policy flaws.

Hispanics, Blacks at Greater Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s

Both Hispanics from Caribbean countries and African Americans are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than Caucasians, according to a new study, “Incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease in African Americans, Caribbean Hispanics and Caucasians in Northern Manhattan,” recently published in Neurology magazine.

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