Changing health around the world: UCLA nurse-led research showcased at major conference

An address on the implications of nurse-led research in developing countries and a lecture on a research program involving teen parents will spotlight the work of UCLA School of Nursing faculty members at the Western Institute of Nursing Conference, which runs from April 9 to 12 in Seattle.     

On April 10, Adey Nyamathi, distinguished professor and associate dean for international research and scholarly activities at the school will deliver the conference's prestigious State of the Science address. She will discuss nurse-led research in developing countries conducted over the past decade, address the challenges experienced by nurses in furthering global-health nursing research, and provide recommendations to meet global health needs. Nyamathi will also present results of her ongoing research on women with AIDS in India.   

On Saturday, April 12, nursing professor Deborah Koniak-Griffin will present the conference's Distinguished Nursing Research Lecture. She will discuss her work on HIV prevention, reducing repeat teen pregnancies, improving mother-child health and decreasing cardiovascular disease through healthy lifestyle behaviors.   

Three of Koniak-Griffin's research programs are federally endorsed evidence-based models of care; her teen pregnancy-prevention program serves as a model for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is being implemented in 10 states. Koniak-Griffin is also being honored this year by the Western Institute of Nursing with its Distinguished Nursing Research Leadership Award, which recognizes a senior investigator whose research career has made substantial and sustained contributions to nursing.

In addition, three of the conference's symposia will be moderated by UCLA nursing faculty and will feature research being performed at the school:

'Culturally Sensitive Nurse-Led Research With Global and Immigrant Women' Immigrant and rural women around the world are faced with substantial health disparities. This symposium highlights three programs that utilized culturally sensitive interventions in an effort to bridge such gaps – tuberculosis infections among Vietnamese immigrants to the U.S., adherence to antiretroviral therapy among women with AIDS in India and the effects of increasing mammography among Korean-American women.   

'Overlooked Women's Health: Theoretical and Research Perspectives'

In this symposium, researchers will discuss the psychological, sociocultural and personal barriers that aging women and ethnic minority women face in obtaining essential health care for chronic diseases like HIV/AIDS and diabetes and mental health problems.   

'Global Research: Ethical Considerations for Nurse Researchers'

As nurses conduct invaluable research around the globe, understanding and addressing unique ethical challenges becomes critical to ensuring the protection of the rights of indigenous and ethnic populations. This symposium will present new recommendations for the conduct of international research.

The complete program for the UCLA School of Nursing presentations can be found here