Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Addressing Health Disparities among Vulnerable Populations

Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Addressing Health Disparities among Vulnerable Populations

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GUEST EDITORIAL:

I am excited to share you the ABNF Journal readers approached employed at one School of Nursing to address the Health Disparities Among Vulnerable Populations. Southern University and A& M College School of Nursing in Baton Rouge, LA has accepted the challenge to focus their scholarship and clinical efforts to ensure that the citizenry in Louisiana meet the Healthy People 2010 objectives. Additionally, this issue is dedicated to the memory of a founding member of ABNF, Dr. Lucille Davis, RN, FAAN who served as the Interim Chair of Graduate Nursing Programs and Director of the Office of Nursing Research at Southern University School of Nursing until her untimely death June 2001.

In this issue of the ABNF Journal, are just snapshots of how the School of Nursing faculty and students are making a difference in the quality of life using a variety of scholarly endeavors. It is my hope that the selection presented will provide you with beneficial information. The authors welcome your comments and inquiries.

Vulnerability has been defined by Aday (2001) as being in a state of being susceptible to harm or neglect; often the result of acts of omission or commission of others toward another. Such a state causes one to be in a position to be hurt or ignored or receive help from others. As we explore the concept of vulnerability here at Southern, we are discovering we all are vulnerable in one way or another. The challenge is to recognize one's vulnerability and then make efforts to diminish or eliminate it. …

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