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FIU Devotes its 20th Anniversary Year to Increasing Diversity in Nursing

The year 2002 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of Florida International University (FIU) School of Nursing in Miami. But instead of celebrating this milestone year by blowing out candles and partying, the school has embarked on an ambitious, multifaceted year-long campaign to address South Florida’s severe nursing shortage—the worst in over 10 years—and to increase the representation of minorities in the region’s nursing workforce to better reflect the cultural diversity of its patient population.

Diversity Leadership Initiative Aims to Develop More Minority Health Care Executives

Even though this issue of MN profiles several minority nurses who have broken through the glass ceiling to attain executive-level positions, the unfortunate reality is that persons of color are still severely underrepresented in the field of health care management.

Hispanics Get “A+” in Diabetes Awareness But “F” in Diabetes Action

A new survey sponsored by the American Heart Association contains good news and bad news for nurses who are working to eliminate diabetes health disparities in Hispanic communities.

Groundbreaking HIV Prevention Campaign Targets Latino Gay Community

The colorful, bilingual advertisements first began to appear on San Francisco mass-transit buses in June. The messages and images they contain are simple but bold.

Diabetes Health Literacy Board Hopes to Close Patient Education Gaps

Poor literacy skills and diabetes have two things in common: They are reaching epidemic levels in the U.S. and they affect minority populations disproportionately. Put diabetes and low literacy together and the result is a recipe for disaster.

California Nurses Honored as Champions of Health Care Diversity

Two of California's most distinguished minority nurses, both of whom have devoted much of their careers to mentoring, teaching and developing training programs for students from underserved communities entering health care professions, were honored this summer by The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) as inaugural winners of its Champion of Health Professions Diversity Award.

Lieberman Introduces Incentive-Based Health Disparities Legislation

FairCare, an initiative of Senator Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), calls for the medical community to establish quantifiable standards of treatment for all patients, to help ensure fairness and consistency of care. But even more important, FairCare would offer financial incentives to providers who show a commitment to leveling the health care playing field.

Immunization Disparities Gap Finally Starting to Close

The results of a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published earlier this year reveal that there may finally be some light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to reducing at least one key minority health disparity: higher rates of pneumonia and meningitis in African-American children than in their Caucasian counterparts.

Minority Fellowship Program Celebrates Seven Nursing Trailblazers

Another highlight of the 2004 convention was a special reception commemorating the 30th anniversary of the ANA's Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), established in the 1970s to increase the number of doctorally prepared minority nurse researchers and clinicians working in the field of mental health and psychiatric nursing. Originally known as the Ethnic Minority Fellowship Program, MFP funding and support has helped more than 266 Fellows earn their doctorates since the program's inception.

Minority Nurse Pioneers Honored at ANA Convention

From the first male nurse to be inducted into the national nursing Hall of Fame to nurses of color who courageously blazed trails in education, research, clinical practice and advocacy, the groundbreaking achievements of minority nurse leaders were in the spotlight throughout the American Nurses Association's 2004 Biennial Convention, held June 26-29 in Minneapolis.

New Online Cultural Competence Training Program Offers Patient-Based Learning

To help health care organizations train their front-line clinical staff to respond more effectively to people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, Critical Measures, LLC, and the Manhattan Cross Cultural Group have created a new interactive e-learning program, Quality Interactions: A Patient-Based Approach to Cross-Cultural Care ©.

University Partners with Tribal Colleges to Improve Health of Native Americans

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, American Indians and Alaska Natives are 2.3 times more likely to suffer from diabetes than Caucasian Americans and are about 4.3 times more likely to die from the disease. Yet 100 years ago, when Native people were still able to eat a healthy, natural diet that emphasized fish and wild game, serious chronic health problems like diabetes, obesity and heart disease were virtually unknown in Indian Country.

Worth 1,000 Words

African Americans have the highest breast cancer mortality rates of any racial or ethnic group.

Worth 1,000 Words

Does it sometimes seem to you that nursing requires so much skill, flexibility and physical stamina it should be an Olympic event? At RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights, N.J., it actually is!

8 Health Disparity Knowledge Gaps that Nurses Can Help Fill

• Last fall, the National Lipid Association’s “Moving Beyond Cholesterol” survey of over 2,000 patients found that African Americans are less likely than other ethnic groups to be aware of the cardiovascular risks associated with unhealthy levels of triglycerides, a lipid (fat) found in the blood

Minority Health Disparities Crisis Still News to Most Americans

How can America hope to win the war against racial and ethnic health care disparities when a sizable majority of its citizens still don’t know that the problem even exists?

Good News and Bad News: Some Health Disparities Shrinking, Others Growing

In the 20 years since the Office of Minority Health was created, how much progress has really been made in narrowing the gap of unequal health outcomes between minority and majority Americans?

Office of Minority Health Celebrates 20 Years of Working to End Health Disparities

In 1985, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health, a landmark eight-volume report documenting the extent of health disparities affecting Americans of color and recommending action steps for the nation. To implement those recommendations,..

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