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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.

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.

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.

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.

Better Bedroom Ventilation May Help Reduce SIDS Risk

Better Bedroom Ventilation May Help Reduce SIDS Risk

Nurses can help reduce this tragic disparity by educating minority parents, families and communities about proven “safe sleep” techniques for decreasing SIDS risk.

OMH, CDC Take Action to Fight Hepatitis B in Asian Americans

OMH, CDC Take Action to Fight  Hepatitis B in Asian Americans

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as two million people in this country are living with chronic hepatitis B, and over half of them are Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (APIs).

Worth 1,000 Words

Worth 1,000 Words

Cultural exchange in bloom: Four nurses from San Jorge Children’s Hospital in Puerto Rico visit Miami Children’s Hospital in South Florida to take part in a one-week collaborative experiential immersion into pediatric surgical nursing. (Left to right): San Jorge nurses Omar G.

Preventing Premature Birth Disparities--A Reader Responds

Preventing Premature Birth Disparities--A Reader Responds

In Fall 2009, we published "Preventing Premature Birth Disparities," an article examining the growing crisis of high preterm birth rates in women of color...

Men in Nursing School--Setting the Record Straight

Ashley Vasnaik, University of Portland School of Nursing

In Winter 2010 we interviewed six gender minority nursing students and one recent graduate about whether or not they have encountered any gender bias from female instructors and classmates...

CBC Sounds off on Passage of Health Reform

CBC Sounds off on Passage of Health Reform

You certainly can't talk about the future of minority health without discussing the implications of this historic legislation: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Different Attitudes Toward Breastfeeding Linked to Race

Different Attitudes Toward Breastfeeding Linked to Race

Why are black women more likely to feed their infants formula than mothers of other races? That's what a recent study from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center hopes to determine.

Make an EMPaCT

Make an EMPaCT

Enabling Minority Participation in Clinical Trials, or EMPaCT, is the newest initiative to come out of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

A Boost for Minority Nursing Professors

A Boost for Minority Nursing Professors

Find certified minority nurse educators in a flash using the Minority Nurse Educator database, a free service provided by the School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey.

A Promotion on Capitol Hill

A Promotion on Capitol Hill

A unanimous vote in the U.S. Senate made it official: Lillian Sparks is the new Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans, a wing of the Administration for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services.

PSA: Nursing and self-care

Nurses spend their lives caring for others; in fact, they devote so much time to their patients (and families and loved ones) that they often push aside their own needs. To be sure, this selflessness is an honorable, admirable thing, but it can also lead to personal and professional burnout.

College peer educators fighting the infant mortality battle

College peer educators fighting the infant mortality battle

Last issue, Minority Nurse addressed infant mortality in minority communities, discussing some of the disparities, research, and solutions surrounding the issue. This piece was submitted as a supplement to "A Quiet Crisis: Racial Disparities and Infant Mortality"

Parental support for first-generation college students

For incoming freshmen, attending college can feel like entering a maze. But for first-generation students, that maze can have added twists and turns, as they may not have a role model or rule book to follow when starting out as a first-year student. 

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