Over 35 years in the making, the Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center just opened its doors to American Indian and Alaska Native youth of Southern California. We spoke to the California Indian Health Service's Health Systems Administrator to find out what it takes to provide behavioral health services for the nation's newest Youth Regional Treatment Center.
Health literacy measures how people access, understand and apply health information to their lives. Though the description is simple, the process of promoting health literacy becomes complex when applied to the global population. So how exactly do we turn big ideas into focused efforts? Nursing@USC asked experts in the public health space to discuss.
As front-line clinicians, nurses are ideal advisers to policymakers because they observe the opportunities and challenges faced by patients and providers daily, if not hourly. Of the many inspiring RNs in our nation, we're highlighting a few who have applied their unique clinical insight and advocacy experience to help shape public health policy through government, education and public service.
Alcohol dependency is often overlooked in older adults, especially women, whose symptoms often go undiagnosed by medical providers and caregivers. Nursing@USC Professor Dr. Benita Jeanne Walton-Moss — who has conducted research for her publication “Alcohol Use and the Older Woman” — says there is a profound need for health literacy surrounding alcohol dependency.
As the role of women in American society has evolved, so too have trends around cigarette and tobacco use. In the United States, even though female smoking is at a record low — roughly 14 percent of adult women are current smokers — smoking-related illnesses cause approximately 178,000 premature deaths among women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The common narrative in schools and beyond is that students from a lower socioeconomic status are at greater risk for substance use, but this understanding ignores the complex determinants at play behind the scenes. School nurses and family nurse practitioners are in a unique position to educate families and students about these complexities, dispel myths about prescription drugs and increase health literacy in school communities.