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Help Pilot-Test a Culturally Competent Breast Biopsy Education Program

Why is it that African American and Hispanic women have lower incidence rates of breast cancer than white women but higher mortality rates?

NSNA Celebrates 40th Anniversary of “Breakthrough to Nursing” Project

It was the era of the Civil Rights Movement, a time when history was being made across America. In 1954, the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision mandated the racial integration of the nation's public schools. In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King led the March on Washington. And on May 2, 1965, the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) made civil rights history in the nursing profession by launching the Breakthrough to Nursing Project (BTN).

Boston Nurse Wins National Award for Outstanding Filipino American Women

For Gretheline R. Bolandrina, BSN, RN, CRRN, being recognized for outstanding service to the nursing profession and the community is nothing new.

A Model Approach to Culturally Competent AIDS Care

Because the AIDS epidemic in America so disproportionately affects minority populations--especially African Americans and Latinos--culturally competent approaches to HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention are absolutely essential to eliminating the disparities.

Office of Minority Health Awards $12 Million in Katrina Relief Grants

Opinion polls have shown that many Americans feel the U.S. government’s initial response to Hurricane Katrina was ineffective at best, incompetent and even racist at worst.

Worth 1,000 Words

Worth 1,000 Words

This culturally competent wellness education DVD, sponsored by the HMO Kaiser Permanente in partnership with the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Institute of Church Administration and Management, comes with a guidebook covering healthy eating, exercise, health ris

Asian Women Less Likely to Have Breast-Conserving Surgery

Breast-conserving surgery--i.e., lumpectomy rather than a disfiguring mastectomy--has increasingly become the standard treatment for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.

Hispanic Physicians Launch Obesity Prevention Campaign

“The nation cannot afford to ignore the obesity crisis and its [health] consequences--especially among Hispanics, a fast-growing population that has a prevalence of being obese.

Native American Health Research Programs Receive $6 Million in Grants

A Navajo Nation project to develop a Navajo Ethnomedical Encyclopedia. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium research projects focusing on issues such as autoimmune liver disease and smoking prevention.

Cultural Competence. . .from the Patient’s Perspective

The term cultural competence is finally starting to become common parlance in the nursing profession. Although various definitions of cultural competence exist, when minority health experts talk about “culturally sensitive care” most nurses pretty much understand what this means.

Taking Charge of Our Own Future: Philippine Nurses Association of America Convenes in Kansas City

“Creating Partnership for a Preferred Future” was the theme of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA)’s 26th Annual National Convention, held last summer in Kansas City.

Administration on Aging Awards Grants to Tribal Elders

The federal Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recently awarded some $30 million in grants to support community programs and services designed to help American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribal elders lead healthier lives.

University of the Philippines Nursing Faculty Fund Needs You!

Attention, Filipino nurses: If you are an alumnus of the University of the Philippines-Manila College of Nursing (UPCN), or if you simply want to show your support for this venerable educational institution, UPCN's newly established Faculty Endowment Fund hopes to hear from you.

Diabetes Disparities On the Rise in Hawaii

The most recent Hawaii Diabetes Report, released earlier this year by the Hawaii State Department of Health's Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, reveals that this serious disease is a major public health problem in the Aloha State-and it is hitting people of Native Hawaiian, Filipino and Japanese ancestry particularly hard.

Worth 1, 000 Words

The Fox Chase nursing department's new Council for Diversity Recruitment is playing a key role in helping to recruit and retain a diverse, inclusive and culturally sensitive nursing staff.

Essential Reading: Annual Review of Nursing Research Examines Health Disparities

Does it seem to you that most academic nursing books and journals still don't pay enough attention to the urgent crisis of racial and ethnic minority health disparities in America and to the role minority nurses can play in helping to eliminate them?

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