Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source subscription now includes CultureVision™

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source subscription now includes CultureVision™

Addressing the uncertainty of cultural differences and the impact on diagnosis and treatment

By the year 2050, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that various ethnic groups will total just over half (51%) of the population. Continued immigration into the U.S. means that more patients with varying cultural customs, beliefs, and practices will be in the health care system. This brings with it a complex set of challenges for health care providers. Providing quality care to all of our population—today and in the future—requires comprehensive information to guide both students and professionals now. CultureVision™ is that solution, and is now available as part of your ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source subscription.

CultureVision delivers the information necessary for treating patients appropriately, with respect for their cultural differences. It enables them to provide quality care for people of varying backgrounds and to better facilitate the patient's ability to regain wellness.

Because the answers aren't always obvious

Every religion and culture perceives health and illness differently. For example, Vietnamese women at a hospital in Michigan were continually becoming severely dehydrated shortly after giving birth, despite a constant supply of ice chips and cold water. The information in CultureVision reveals that in Vietnam, the honored postpartum period (or lying-in), is considered a "cold" state, in which new mothers are encouraged to avoid cold food and drinks, and keep away from wind and drafts.

Understanding how and what patients believe will make them well, facilitating compliance and avoiding misunderstandings

CultureVision makes this possible through the following:
  • Information about a variety of health care fundamentals impacted by ethnicities and religious beliefs
  • A list of questions to ask that will yield better health outcomes and more satisfied patients
  • Information about the prevalence of diseases within certain populations
  • Insight that will equip health professionals to have conversations with patients while respecting and integrating the cultural aspects of their lives
  • Reports for 30 ethnicities and 11 religions, updated monthly

Accessing CultureVision

Click on ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
Browse, then Cultural Competency Briefs: Religion, Ethnicity and Care

--posted by Connie Maxwell

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Texas Glamour: Les Wilk Designs Exhibit at TWU Library

From beauty queen to Dallas elite, Les Wilk was a leader in the Texas fashion industry, 1969-1993.


In 1981, Les Wilk was appointed Director of the Southwest Institute of Design at Texas Woman's University. An exhibit of dresses from his Dallas clothing line will be on exhibit in the library, March 3-31. You can also see inaugural clothing designed for Gov. Ann Richards and Jan Bullock by Les Wilk and his TWU students.

Exhibit will be available in the TWU Blagg Huey Library: March 3-March 31, 2009

Special Event:
View the exhibit and enjoy a lecture honoring the designer
Texas Woman's University
Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey Library
Thursday, March 26, 2009
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Speaker: Evelyn Wilk Utay
Exhibit Designer: David Lopez, TWU student in Fashion and Textiles

More Information: 940-898-3751
view more pictures (shared from Connie's Flickr photos)

Connie Maxwell
Dawn Letson

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March is Women’s History Month

posted from: http://www.nwhp.org/

History of National Women's History Month

The Beginning: As recently as the 1970's, women's history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a "Women's History Week" celebration for 1978. We chose the week of March 8 to make International Women's Day the focal point of the observance. The activities that were held met with enthusiastic response, and within a few years dozens of schools planned special programs for Women's History Week, over one-hundred community women participated in the Community Resource Women Project, an annual "Real Woman" Essay Contest drew hundreds of entries, and we were staging a marvelous annual parade and program in downtown Santa Rosa, California.

Local Celebrations: In 1979, a member of our groups was invited to participate in Women's History Institutes at Sarah Lawrence College, attended by the national leaders of organizations for women and girls. When they learned about our county-wide Women's History Week celebration, they decided to initiate similar celebrations within their own organizations and school districts. They also agreed to support our efforts to secure a Congressional Resolution declaring a "National Women's History Week." Together we succeeded! In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) co-sponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution.

Overwhelming Response: As word spread rapidly across the nation, state departments of education encouraged celebrations of National Women's History Week as an effective means to achieving equity goals within classrooms. Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Oregon, Alaska, and other states developed and distributed curriculum materials all of their public schools. Organizations sponsored essay contests and other special programs in their local areas. Within a few years, thousands of schools and communities were celebrating National Women's History Week, supported and encouraged by resolutions from governors, city councils, school boards, and the U.S. Congress.

The Entire Month of March: In 1987, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to expand the national celebration to the entire month of March. Since then, the National Women's History Month Resolution has been approved with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Each year, programs and activities in schools, workplaces, and communities have become more extensive as information and program ideas have been developed and shared.

Growing Interest in Women's History: The popularity of women's history celebrations has sparked a new interest in uncovering women's forgotten heritage. A President's Commission on the Celebration of Women in History in America recently sponsored hearings in many sections of the country. It took reports about effective activities and institutions that are promoting women's history awareness and heard recommendations for programs still needed. The Women's Progress Commission will soon begin hearings to ascertain appropriate methods for identifying and then preserving sites of importance to American women's history. In many areas, state historical societies, women's organizations, and groups such as the Girl Scout of the USA have worked together to develop joint programs. Under the guidance of the National Women's History Project, educators, workplace program planners, parents and community organizations in thousands of American communities have turned National Women's History Month into a major focal celebration, and a springboard for celebrating women's history all year 'round.

Expanding the Focus: The National Women's History Project is involved in many efforts to promote multicultural women's history. We produce organizing guides, curriculum units, posters and display sets, videos, and a range of delightful celebration supplies. We also coordinate the Women's History Network, conduct teacher training conferences, and supply materials to people wherever they live through a Women's History Catalog.

Test Your Knowledge of Women's History

Selected books (print and electronic) for Women's History Month compiled by Jimmie Lyn Harris

--Connie Maxwell