At the time of this writing, the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected over 13 million individuals worldwide, with over 3.4 million infected in the United States (US). The highly infectious virus has claimed over 137,000 US lives and this number increases daily. While COVID-19 does not discriminate, data illuminate an eerily familiar pattern of disproportionate infection and mortality among communities of color. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020), national data on confirmed coronavirus cases by race and ethnicity as of April 17, 2020 indicated that despite Blacks accounting for 13% of the US population, they accounted for 34% of COVID-19 confirmed cases. Data quickly emerged revealing alarming disparities among COVID-19 mortality with Blacks dying at a rate of 2–3 times their proportion of the population. This disparate mortality is seen among 32 states, including those in the region served by the Southern Nursing Research Society (Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center, 2020). For example, Blacks represent 27% of the population of Alabama and 46% of COVID-19 deaths, Georgia 31% and 49%, and Kentucky; 8% and 17%(the COVID Project at the Atlantic, n.d.).
Please join us in congratulating Lovoria Williams PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP for her success in receiving a five-year $2,966,335 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases award entitled “Enhancing the Diabetes Prevention Program to promote weight loss among non-responders in a community based lifestyle intervention”.
BH WELL researchers have been selected to present at the American Public Health Association’s 2020 Conference, which is expected to be held October 24-28, 2020 in San Francisco, CA. This location is pending based on necessary COVID-19 precautions.
BH WELL congratulates UK College of Nursing December 2019 graduates Rachel Kinnard, Sophie Matheson, and Mady Strong. During their undergraduate program at the College of Nursing, Rachel and Mady went to Macau, China to learn about nursing care in Macau. Sophie and Mady were also BH WELL research interns during their undergraduate nursing program.
Congratulations go to each of them for a job well done!
Evidence based practice starts with a question. When we have a question in mind, we look up the research on the topic and evaluate it to see what the outcomes are. It is important to evaluate current programs and materials in order to ensure that healthcare professionals are doing evidence based and effective work. Evidence based practice is really important because it questions if we can improve upon what we are doing so we can better our treatment and the well-being of our patients.