Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health
The Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health (CHSNH) is an active member of the academic community of UT Arlington and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.
The vision of the Center is to advance the health and human condition of underserved and culturally-diverse, Spanish-language populations in the United States and abroad.
The Center is dedicated to support administration, faculty, students, corporations, and nonprofit organizations through collaborative education and research endeavors.
The values of the Center are inclusive of education, research, culture diversity,
group collaboration, and attention to real world opportunities as these impact the health and human condition of underserved populations.
ENHANCING RESEARCH CAPACITY AND INFRASTURCTURE
The Center, in collaboration with the Center of Research and Scholarship, is committed to support scholars/investigators to reach communities- of- need to enhance the health and wellness of Spanish-language individuals, families, and communities. Levels of impact may be local, state, national, or global in nature.
Funds will be distributed from the endowment “to support scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Nursing who are preparing for careers with the Hispanic population, research conducted by UTA School of Nursing students, faculty and/or grant awardees (from within or outside of UTA).”
Goal 1: Support scholars/investigators who pursue disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary research or special studies which affect the health and wellness of Hispanics and other Spanish-language population groups.
In order to accomplish this, the Center will assist by:
- Providing supportive assistance based on the needs of the scholar/investigator , e.g., assist in identify means of access to potential study population groups in the community;
- Assisting and providing how and where to connect scholars/investigators with language facilitators, e.g., interpretation and/or translation of English-to-Spanish;
- Ensuring the merit and scholarship of proposed research projects generated by the CONHI faculty and members of CHSNH who receive support to conduct research with Spanish-language individuals, families, and communities; and recommending scholarly research proposals for funding.
BUILDING NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS AND EXCHANGES
Goal 1: Support nursing education and research nationally and internationally, congruent with the vision of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation for national and global impact.
The Center will accomplish this by:
- Presentations at national and international Conferences.
- Participating as conference speakers at national health and human service events related to Spanish-speaking populations;
- Participating as conference speakers at international health and human service events in Spanish-speaking countries;
- International Human Resource Development. Offering Spanish-language continuing education certificate programs for nurses, in person or on-line;
- Institutional Agreements.
- Creating collaborative agreements with Colleges of Nursing in Spanish- language countries for exchanges of faculty and students, undergraduate and graduate, for educational and research activities of mutual benefit; and
- Creating collaborative agreements with U.S. non-profit organizations for educational and research activities of mutual benefit, for example, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN); American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and others.
CREATING AND SUSTAINING ROBUST EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Goal 1: Provide scholarship awards to undergraduate and graduate students with an emphasis on: academic achievement; professional development; leadership potential in nursing; and who have demonstrated interest in working with Hispanic/Spanish-language populations;
The Center will accomplish this by:
- Providing an annual scholarship from the endowment fund to a needs-based, scholarship applicant from the CONHI;
- Providing a scholarship for an active member of the Hispanic Student Nursing Association to attend the annual meeting of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (based on availability of funds);
Goal 2: Facilitate educational opportunities for cultural awareness/cultural sensitivity about Spanish-language populations;
- Offer the Travel, Study, Learn program to Cuernavaca, México as a cultural immersion program (based on participant enrollment); and
Goal 3: Provide opportunities that promote professional and leadership development, cultural sensitivity, and awareness for CONHI students regarding health issues affecting Spanish-language population groups;
- Participate in community health fairs targeting Spanish-language populations;
- Promote participation in the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), Dallas, Texas chapter activities.