Academic journal article Journal of Cultural Diversity

The Future of Health Care for Diverse Clients

Academic journal article Journal of Cultural Diversity

The Future of Health Care for Diverse Clients

Article excerpt

On January 21, 2009, we were blessed to be witnesses to history in the making as Barack Obama became the first Black president of the United States of America. President Barack Obama stated during his inauguration speech "...We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness. . ." (nytimes.com/2009).

As our nation changes, our hopes are that the health of this nation will also change in a positive direction. In this edition of the Journal of Cultural Diversity the authors are at the forefront of the change. They present research and discuss the many challenges of providing sensitive and appropriate care for culturally diverse populations related to access to health care and appreciation of the unique needs of each individual essential in promoting health. The authors' work explores and presents information that can assist in promoting and meeting the health needs of the next generation. The limited representation of Native Americans and African Americans in genomics-related research is examined using a qualitative exploratory field study. Included among the factors identified by Vanessa Johns, PhD, RN-BC, Karethy Edwards, DrPH, FNP, RN, Stephanie Sherman, PhD, Lancer Stephens, PhD, Wendy Williams, MS(N), MPH, Alonna Adair, BSN and Mary Deer-Smith, RN were issues of trust, concerns of physical harm and being valued. Carolyn Garcia, PhD, MPH, RN and Laura Duckett, PhD, MPH, RN succinctly present the language barriers that are apparent in the acquisition of healthcare for Latino adolescents. Jennifer Coleman, PhD, RN CNE conducted a study to examine the ernie views and perceptions of African American parents as they relate to health promotion, infant mortality and sleep positioning with a secondary aim of gaining a better understanding of African American perspectives of the healthcare system. …

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