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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.

Why Don’t More Hispanics Participate in Clinical Trials?

According to the Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation, Hispanics account for 13% of the U.S. population but only 1% of participants in clinical trials for new treatments for serious conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

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.

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.

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.

The Face of Nursing Faculty 2001-2002: Still White and Female

Despite the efforts of many of the nation’s nursing schools to recruit more minorities and men into their faculty ranks over the past year, a new report from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) paints a disappointing picture of the continued lack of diversity in the world of nursing academia.

UIC Nursing School Brings AIDS Education to Malawi

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing has been awarded a $1.25 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research to launch an unusual AIDS prevention community outreach project—unusual because the communities are located in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in Africa.

“Getting to the Heart” of Culturally Competent Care

There are currently some 500 American Indian tribes in the U.S., each with its own unique cultural beliefs, customs and traditions...

Resources for Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment

A landmark study published this past December in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that millions of American women age 50 and older who have not been tested for osteoporosis (porous bones) may be at an increased risk of suffering serious bone fractures...

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.

Worth 1,000 Words

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

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.

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 ©.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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