Nursing@USC Blog


Know Your Rights: Encouraging Undocumented Immigrants to Seek Health Care

California's medical providers serve approximately 25 percent of the nation's undocumented population. Their advice? “Enroll, use the services available, know your rights and stay informed.”

Opening Doors for America’s Marginalized Native Youth

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.  

Achieving a Future of Global Health Literacy

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. 

 

How Nurses are Making a Difference in Public Health

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.

Tackling Alcohol Dependency in Older Women

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. 

A Century of Smoking in Women's History

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.