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is to convene alliances and develop programs around clinical, and policy measures to improve the quality of life for underserved, underprivileged, and underrepresented at-risk populations. We achieve our mission through education, research, and policy implications as these programs highlight the impact of the nursing shortage and leadership in the United States and its territories.

The Foundation programs are developed to demonstrate the interdisciplinary relationship between nurses, physicians, and other providers for the management of the patients diagnosed with chronic diseases.

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IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR UNDERSERVED AND UNDERREPRESENTED POPULATIONS

The National Black Nurses Foundation convenes coalitions and builds programs and activities that offer updates and information to increase the awareness of early detection and prevention of heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, mental illness, and other related disorders. Our programs and activities are initiated for nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and other public health workers to establish an open dialogue and information exchange network to increase research, treatment, education/training, and policy development that can improve the quality of life for underserved and underrepresented populations and the health recipient at large.

INFORMING HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS AND HEALTH CONSUMERS TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES

The significance of an informed workforce and consumers are paramount in the development of programs for NBNF. We continue to develop educational and informational activities that support and empower communities in their efforts to eliminate health disparities, improve workforce diversity, reduces diseases and related complications from major chronic disease states. In partnership with its colleagues, the Foundation has developed and presented programs around high blood pressure, SIDDS, mental health, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease to name a few. Our complimentary educational programs around health literacy and cultural competency aid in the improvement in outcomes in racial and ethnic populations. Programs are developed to increase primary language data collection, its use and monitoring.

STABILIZING HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY

Current federal workforce information details the importance of addressing the inadequate supply of some of the stabilizing healthcare career programs, i.e. the impact of the nursing shortage. Through its grant support network, NBNF developed a program that identifies and connects the pool of available resources, legislative partners, and discusses supply and funding for programs that reflect nursing service delivery needs. The nursing shortage is a primary programmatic area of the Foundation in responding to the:

  • inadequate supply of registered nurses (particularly minority nurses);
  • growing demand for community based nursing services;
  • inadequate level of preparation of nurses to close the gap in health disparities; and
  • the paucity of research data that provides conclusive evidence on the number of nurses needed to provide safe nursing care.
RAISING AWARENESS THROUGH EDUCATION

Through multidisciplinary accredited continuing educational programs, NBNF continues its involvement in providing value-added opportunities that increase the body of knowledge that affect mortality and morbidity in all patient populations. The Foundation partners with national and international organizations and agencies to provide state of the art educational activities for health providers and consumers. Professional organizations, faith and community based networks are engaged to establish sustainable programming. The Foundation has developed community based programs that address the similarities and the differences in men’s health and women’s health and how health seeking behavior can be impacted by community and faith based programs in local communities.

The health of a community must address both physical and mental health issues. The Foundation, in collaboration with local partners in several cities, developed a mental health program bringing together clinicians, community mental health advocates and religious leaders to discuss the importance of mental health and its relationship to spirituality, health and overall wellness, and provide information about mental health services resources.

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