Fostering Health Equity: Clinical and Research Training Strategies from Nursing Education

Janet A. Deatrick, Terri H. Lipman, Susan Gennaro, Marilyn Sommers, Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, Kim Mooney-Doyle, Genevieve Hollis, Loretta S. Jemmott

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Racism, ethnocentrism, segregation, stereotyping, and classism are tightly linked to health equity and social determinants of health. They lead to lack of power, money, resources, and education which may result in poor health care access and outcomes. Health profession faculties must address the complex relationships that exist between individual, interpersonal, institutional, social and political factors that influence health outcomes in both clinical and research training. Thus, the purposes of this paper are to provide examples of training strategies from nursing education that foster cultural sensitivity. First, assumptions about health equity, culture, ethnicity and race are explored. Second, clinical training within an undergraduate and graduate context are explored, including an undergraduate cancer case study and in a graduate pediatric nursing program are described to demonstrate how cultural models can be used to integrate the biomedical and psychosocial content in a course. Third, research training for summer scholars and doctoral and post doctoral fellows (short and long term) is described to demonstrate how to increase the number and quality of scholars prepared to conduct research with vulnerable populations. Research training strategies include a summer research institute, policy fellowship, and a scholars "pipeline" program. A unique perspective is presented through collaboration between a nursing school and a center for health disparities research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-485
Number of pages7
JournalKaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • clinical training
  • cultural sensitivity
  • ethnicity
  • health equity
  • race
  • research training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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