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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/149217
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Leading through the Challenge of Becoming a Diverse Society
Abstract:
Leading through the Challenge of Becoming a Diverse Society
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2003
Author:Carretero-Hurt, Laura M., RN, BSN
P.I. Institution Name:Columbus Regional Hospital
Co-Authors:Beverly Flynn, PhD
The location is a semi-rural Midwestern county with a 94% Caucasian population that consists of one mid-size city and a regional hospital. In a period of three years, the need for low-skill workers in this agricultural/manufacturing community has attracted over 4,000 newcomers of Latino/Hispanic background. Approximately 85% are Spanish-speaking people from Mexico, and 15% are from either the southern states of United States or other countries in Central and South America. This intensive relocation movement has brought many changes in the local community. Health-related natural challenges are worsened by language and cultural barriers, lack of available health insurance, and inability to qualify for public assistance. Through proactive nursing leadership, the local Healthy Communities Initiative has responded by developing an integrated systems approach that links with local resources, promotes inclusion of the newcomers, encourages mutual understanding of cultural aspects, and seeks opportunities for improved harmony in an increasingly diverse environment. The nurse-led team is charged with improving access to care for the Spanish-speaking population under the belief that addressing the health needs of this portion of the population with orientation, education, and provision of quality care contributes to improving the overall health of the community. Extensive collaboration exists with the local hospital as the same nursing professional holds an unprecedented leadership position as a diversity advisor, which allows for connections with fellow nursing and health professionals in the community. Successful current initiatives are dependent on the relationships formed, and include: weekly Spanish language volunteer clinic, a telephone non-emergency healthcare helpline, a network of volunteer interpreters/advocates for health appointments, prenatal classes, and many opportunities for education and orientation for both patients and providers. Groups/agencies that serve this population are increasingly participating in cooperative/collaborative networks that promote a seamless system of health-related services that integrate this group into the local health community.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleLeading through the Challenge of Becoming a Diverse Societyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/149217-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Leading through the Challenge of Becoming a Diverse Society</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Carretero-Hurt, Laura M., RN, BSN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Columbus Regional Hospital</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">lhurt@crh.org</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Beverly Flynn, PhD</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The location is a semi-rural Midwestern county with a 94% Caucasian population that consists of one mid-size city and a regional hospital. In a period of three years, the need for low-skill workers in this agricultural/manufacturing community has attracted over 4,000 newcomers of Latino/Hispanic background. Approximately 85% are Spanish-speaking people from Mexico, and 15% are from either the southern states of United States or other countries in Central and South America. This intensive relocation movement has brought many changes in the local community. Health-related natural challenges are worsened by language and cultural barriers, lack of available health insurance, and inability to qualify for public assistance. Through proactive nursing leadership, the local Healthy Communities Initiative has responded by developing an integrated systems approach that links with local resources, promotes inclusion of the newcomers, encourages mutual understanding of cultural aspects, and seeks opportunities for improved harmony in an increasingly diverse environment. The nurse-led team is charged with improving access to care for the Spanish-speaking population under the belief that addressing the health needs of this portion of the population with orientation, education, and provision of quality care contributes to improving the overall health of the community. Extensive collaboration exists with the local hospital as the same nursing professional holds an unprecedented leadership position as a diversity advisor, which allows for connections with fellow nursing and health professionals in the community. Successful current initiatives are dependent on the relationships formed, and include: weekly Spanish language volunteer clinic, a telephone non-emergency healthcare helpline, a network of volunteer interpreters/advocates for health appointments, prenatal classes, and many opportunities for education and orientation for both patients and providers. Groups/agencies that serve this population are increasingly participating in cooperative/collaborative networks that promote a seamless system of health-related services that integrate this group into the local health community.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:58:13Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:58:13Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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