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Women's Health Is the Health of the World
From physical and mental health to overall wellbeing, women's health is crucial to the life and welfare of societies across the world. A new Johns Hopkins School of Nursing blog takes a look at the global statistics around women's health, and there is a long way to go in providing equality in care. Read more to see what researchers and nurses can do to bring attention and health transformation to women and the world.
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"Change the Trajectory"
Kamila Alexander works with local and global communities to promote safe relationships among women, men, and their families. She says nurses "are in the position to make really important programs and changes, and assist with policy making to change the trajectory" of violence, health, and wholeness of individuals and communities. Watch her vignette. #WeGotThis.
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Scholarly Articles on Women's Health
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Identifying Potentially Preventable Elements in Severe Adverse Maternal Events
by Margaret-Rose Agostino* and colleagues in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
This research describes a tool designed to capture the personal perceptions and experiences of nurses specifically related to adverse pregnancy events. These elements may have a significant effect on patient outcomes but are not currently captured in the medical record.
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Aging
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Characteristics of Activities for Persons With Dementia at the Mild, Moderate, and Severe Stages 
by Natalie Regier,* Laura Gitlin, and a colleague in The Gerontologist
To understand activity in dementia care, this study examines relationships between the disease stage and characteristics of meaningful activities provided in a home-based intervention designed to reduce behavioral symptoms.
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Population Health
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Length of Residence in the United States Is Associated With a Higher Prevalence of Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Immigrants: A Contemporary Analysis of the National Health Interview Survey
by Yvonne Commodore-Mensah* and colleagues in the Journal of the American Heart Association
This study analyzed data on U.S. immigrants in the 2010–2014 National Health Interview Surveys and examined the association between length of U.S. residence and cardiometabolic risk factors.
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Violence
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A Qualitative Study of Survival Strategies Used by Low-Income Black Women Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence
by Bushra Sabri, Kamila Alexander, Jacquelyn Campbell, and colleagues in Social Work
This research explores the survivor strategies used by low-income black women who have experienced intimate partner violence in the past two years.
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Community
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The Baltimore HEARS Pilot Study: An Affordable, Accessible, Community-Delivered Hearing Care Intervention
by Laura Gitlin, Elizabeth Tanner, Hae-Ra Han, Sarah Szanton, and colleagues in The Gerontologist
This study describes and examines outcomes of a community engagement approach to addressing disparities in hearing care and discusses potential for wide-scale testing and use.
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Cardiovascular
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Health Literacy in Heart Transplantation: Prevalence, Correlates and Associations with Health Behaviors—Findings from the International BRIGHT Study
by Maan Isabella Cajita*, Patricia Davidson, and colleagues in The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Health literacy (HL) is a major determinant of health outcomes. This study compares the prevalence of inadequate HL among heart transplant recipients internationally and assesses the relationship between HL and health-related behaviors.
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Ethics
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Who Should Assess the Needs of and Care for a Dementia Patient’s Caregiver?
by Laura Gitlin* and a colleague in the AMA Journal of Ethics
Using a clinical case example, this study examines whether health and human service professionals have a moral obligation to address the needs of family caregivers of persons with dementia and looks at challenges in doing so under current health care and reimbursement mechanisms.
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Cancer
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Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Literacy Among Korean American Women: A Community Health Worker-Led Intervention
by Hae-Ra Han,* Kyounghae Kim, and colleagues in the American Journal of Public Health
A community health worker-led health literacy intervention on mammogram and Papanicolaou test screening among Korean American women was examined through a cluster-randomized trial at 23 ethnic churches.
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Diversity
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Evaluation of an Intervention to Improve Clinical Nurse Educators’ Knowledge, Perceived Skills, and Confidence Related to Diversity
by Nicole Warren*, Diana Baptiste, and colleagues in Nurse Educator
This article describes the evaluation of a diversity-related video and its impact on clinical nurse educators. Results suggest the video was considered relevant and has potential to be an acceptable strategy for engaging educators in diversity-related issues.
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Family
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Toxic Stress: Urgent Action Needed to Reduce Exposure to Toxic Stress in Pregnant Women and Young Children
by Deborah Gross* and colleagues in Nursing Outlook
Toxic stress associated with adverse experiences during pregnancy and early childhood can have catastrophic neurobiological, social, emotional, and life-course effects. This article urges for more policies to be designed to address the adverse effects of toxic stress.
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Education
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Transgender Health Care for Nurses: An Innovative Approach to Diversifying Nursing Curricula to Address Health Inequities
by Kelly Bower and a colleague in the Journal of Nursing Education
Researchers in this study developed transgender health content for students in a baccalaureate nursing program and used a student-faculty partnership model to integrate new content into the curriculum.
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Mental Health
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Predictors of Suicidal Ideation in Korean American Older Adults: Analysis of the Memory and Aging Study of Koreans (MASK)
by Hae-Ra Han and colleagues in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and predictors of suicidal ideation among Korean American older adults and assess the self-rated mental health of Korean American older adults with suicidal ideation with and without depressive syndrome.
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Administration
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Safe Night-Shift Work
by Vickie Hughes* in Nursing Management
This literature review of peer-reviewed journals was conducted using three electronic database search engines. Over 1,000 article citations for “nurse night-shift work" were revealed, inclusive of studies conducted in 21 countries and published within the last 10 years.
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