Each week a quote is shared for your consideration. Some quotes might offer comfort, hope, a challenge, a chuckle, or inspiration. You may or may not agree with the quote, but it is offered simply to help you reflect and ponder.
When you put love out in the world, it travels, and it can touch people and reach people in ways that we never even expected.
– Laverne Cox
The MFP is an initiative staffed by ANA with funding from SAMHSA, making fellowships available to ethnic and racial psychiatric nursing students who are enrolled full time in an accredited master’s/doctoral nursing program.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
This week’s recommended Health and Wellness Activity
HEALTH DISPARITY RELATED ARTICLES
Cleveland Clinic's new strategy to improve infant, maternal health in at-risk communities (opens new window)
Cleveland Clinic has launched the Center for Infant and Maternal Health, an effort that will support women from pregnancy through their child's first year of life. The initiative targets three high-risk Ohio counties, where infant mortality rates are high: Cuyahoga, Lorain and Summit counties, according to a Jan. 30 news release. In Cuyahoga County, the infant mortality rate was 7.6 per 1,000 live births in 2020. Among white infants, the rate was 3.2 and among Black infants, 14.6. Read more (opens new window)
Teen girls and LGBTQ+ youth plagued by violence and trauma, survey says (opens new window)
Adolescent girls across the country are facing record levels of violence, sadness and despair, according to new survey data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And teens who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning and other non-heterosexual identities also experience high levels of violence and distress, the survey found. Read more (opens new window)
Red and blue states look to Medicaid to improve the health of people leaving prison (opens new window)
Lee Reed spent his first night after getting out of a state prison sleeping in the stairwell of a parking garage in downtown San Francisco. Just a few days shy of his 62nd birthday, Reed had nowhere else to go. During his two decades in prison, his mom and wife had died, and he'd lost touch with most of his family. Read more (opens new window)
Understanding racial trauma, the mental and emotional injury of racism (opens new window)
The experience of racial trauma can be the result of specific people’s actions or a byproduct of a wider system. It can affect someone vicariously — perhaps by seeing videos of hate crimes — or intergenerationally, as with the lasting emotional scars of the Holocaust or the enslavement of African Americans, according to Mental Health America. Read more (opens new window)
MFP/ANA ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Congratulations to alumna LeTizia Smith, MSN, DNP, on being selected for a Vanderbilt University Sesquicentennial Grant for “Project SHARE: Sharing Strategies for Academic Faculty and Student Recruitment.” The project will evaluate new ways to recruit and retain faculty and students of color in Vanderbilt’s graduate health science programs. Learn more about the project here (opens new window)
Applications for our 2023-2024 cohort are now open
! If you have ever considered earning a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric mental health nursing and identify as a member of an ethnic minority in the U.S., learn more about the MFP/ANA and apply today at apply.emfp.org.
We also invite you to join one of our upcoming Office Hours where team members will be available to answer any questions you might have regarding the application. You can register for one or more of the dates that best fit your schedule here (opens new window):
Missed an episode from season 2
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is the MFP/ANA podcast featuring the groundbreaking journeys of BIPOC psychiatric mental health nurses, in their quest to meet the urgent and unmet needs of under-represented communities in America.
The following may be of interest to you:
• VCU School of Nursing's Black History Month Lecture: "Truth, Reckoning, and Reconciliation: Nursing's Past, Present, and Future"
Featured Guest Speaker: Dr. Katie Boston-Leary, Director of Nursing Programs at ANA, overseeing Nursing Practice and Work Environment and Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation.
• Call for Papers: The board and editors of Research in Nursing & Health (2 year IF 2.238) are pleased to announce a special issue on mental health across the lifespan, planned for April 2024.
Featured Guest Editors: MFP alumnae Dr. Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda and Dr. John Lowe.
Funding for the MFP e-Newsletter was made possible (in part) by Grant Number 1H79SM080386-05 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written training materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.