Workforce diversity and health equity for all
The Achieving Diversity Initiative believes that by creating opportunities and providing support for area students, they will be more inclined to choose a career in nursing and remain in their home community. The work of the ADI is based upon reflective practice and the SAFER Model (Swinney & Dobal, 2004) that supports participants socially, academically, financially and economically to promote retention, graduation and entry into the workforce among minority and disadvantaged students.
We nurture, support, and monitor progress of participating students. We take personal interest in students and their families in participating schools of nursing, middle and high schools. Students presently in nursing school participate and mentor students in high school. Community college and University students work together and are actively engaged in mentoring. They also serve as excellent exemplars to the students and future nurses of tomorrow We will share results and discuss opportunities to enroll and gain admittance into a nursing program based on our experience with reflective practice and the Achieving Diversity Initiative.
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Public health or related education
Public health or related nursing
Identify at least three key elements or activities associated with student support and success. Discuss the role of reflective practice in sucessful student and community engagement.
Keyword(s): Health Disparities, Underserved Populations
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I earned my BSN and Masterâs in Nursing at New York University, and my doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. My career has been dedicated to providing quality care to vulnerable populations through my teaching, research and practice both in the United States and Africa with the Botswana Meharry Project where I managed and coordinated activities between the Public Health Team, the Ministry of Health, USAID, and Meharry Medical College.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.