Nursing@USC Blog

Treating the Invisible: Why Data Matters in Health Care

Surveys don’t always ask the right questions, creating a group of people who are not represented in national data. What barriers to care do these populations experience?

What Can Chronically Ill Patients Do to Brace for Natural Disasters?

Because natural disasters are on the rise, it’s critical to consider how people with chronic conditions manage their treatment plans in the event of the unexpected.

Does Race Increase Your Chances of Asthma?

Black children are diagnosed with asthma twice as often as their white peers. After diagnosis, black children are three times more likely to face serious asthma-related events of hospitalization and death. For black children growing up in urban areas, there are many barriers to achieving optimal health. Read to learn more about what nurses and community leaders are doing to combat the issue.

Understanding Barriers to Minority Mental Health Care

One in six Americans suffers from a diagnosable, treatable mental health condition. However minority groups — African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans — are more likely to experience the risk factors that can cause such disorders. See Nursing@USC’s infographics showing the barriers to access and rates of minority mental health issues.

Abstract Healing: Art Therapy for Patients with Chronic Conditions

Managing chronic conditions can leave patients vulnerable to developing depression, anxiety, and other emotional and mental health issues that exacerbate physical symptoms of health complications. A variety of studies show art therapy has increasing benefits for patients managing conditions for long periods of time.

Why does Alzheimer’s Affect Latino Families So Severely?

Diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease are rising in tandem with the aging population in the United States, but the disease isn’t spreading evenly across racial and ethnic groups. While Latinos are 50 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than non-Latino whites, they’re less likely to pursue treatment for the disease. What can nurse practitioners do to help?