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 Center plans to become a focal clearing house to support administration, faculty, students, corporations, and nonprofit organizations in search of data and information systems to help promote health and the human condition of underserved and culturally-diverse Spanish-language populations here and abroad. This is to be accomplished through sustained inter-professional collaboration and broad community support with local to global partnerships.
The mission of the Center is to advance the health and human condition of Spanish-language population groups here and abroad. This is accomplished through: the use of state-of-the-art continuing education technology for Spanish-language nurse educators; facilitation and support of innovative research-based, culturally-sensitive, and holistic intervention modalities; providing continuing education seminars within frameworks of cultural diversity for nurses and other healthcare providers; mentoring students in the development of multicultural perspectives to assume leadership roles in the promotion of health and the human condition of Spanish-language population groups; and enhancement of community engagement by establishing and maintaining Communities of Common Interests, Communities of Sustained Participation; and Communities of Support.
- Learning - Promoting health and wellness, education about healthy lifestyles, and the promotion of health and wellness to alleviate pain and suffering.
- Cultures - Understanding and inclusion of cultural aspects of wellness and patient care.
- Building Community - Building community related to culture of health and wellness.
- Research - Facilitating research-based initiatives that promote wellness and health education.
- Holism - Using the holistic approach to patient education and promotion of health and wellness.
- Group Collaboration - Supporting group collaboration that promotes holistic care.
- We value real world opportunities, human dignity, and access to quality healthcare for the underserved.
The main activities of the Center will focus on research and gaining national and international visibility. Other goals and activities of the Center are designed to play a supportive role in the effectuation of the primary foci.
Goal One - Enhancing Research Capacity and Infrastructure
The Center 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.
Goal One, Objective One
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., identify means of access to potential study population groups in the community.
- Facilitating cultural orientations about target population groups-of-interest, e.g., clients, patients, families, as well as healthcare providers, e.g., bilingual nurses, physicians, social workers, and others.
- Connecting scholars/investigators with language facilitators, e.g., assistance with interpretation and/or translation of English-to-Spanish.
Goal One, Objective Two
Provide faculty development on issues of the health and the human conditions of Hispanics and other Spanish-language population groups.
- In conjunction with the appropriate faculty committee, e.g., Faculty Development, conduct a needs assessment inquiry among the faculty of the CONHI to identify their needs and interests in healthcare education and service delivery to Hispanics. The target date is Fall 2015. We wish to explore questions such as:
- What information do you need to provide culturally-based healthcare to these population groups?
- What knowledge gaps might exist?
- What helpful skill-sets are needed?
- Query other UT Arlington disciplines to identify their needs and interest in healthcare education and service delivery to Hispanics/Spanish-language population groups, e.g., UT Arlington School of Social Work, Center for Mexican American Studies, and other interested and relevant groups.
Goal Two - Building International Partnerships and Exchanges
The Center is committed to supporting the vision of the College for global impact and enhancing community engagement.
Goal Two, Objective One
Support the vision of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation for global impact. The Center will accomplish this by:
- Planning and Programmatic Support - Providing planning and programmatic support to the annual Bi-national (Mexico and the U.S.) Health Symposium held at UT Arlington.
- Cross-Culture Awareness Education - Providing multicultural awareness seminars to international nurse educators/scientists and nursing students visiting the College.
- Presentations at International Conferences - Participating, per invitation, as conference speakers at international health and human service events.
Goal Two, Objective Two
Enhance community involvement. This goal will be accomplished by establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with local, state, national, and international community organizations with compatible interests in advancing the health and human condition of Hispanic and Latino populations. These groups may include organizations dedicated to such areas as: healthcare, social services, education, government entities, international consulates, e.g., Mexico, Central and South America, and others.
Goal Three – Creating and Sustaining Robust Academic Programs
The Center is committed to creating and sustaining robust academic programs, providing continuing education opportunities for College faculty, and to assist with the mentoring Hispanic and Spanish-Speaking students in the College student body.
Goal Three, Objective One
Support the College in its goal to create and sustain robust academic programs by:
- Providing 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;
- Continuing to provide an annual scholarship from the endowment fund to a needs-based, scholarship applicant from the College;
- 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)
- Providing coordination support for the Dr. Marygrace Hernandez-Leveille Scholarship designed for students interested in nursing research as part of their career goals;
- Providing mentoring to nursing students in the Honors College who are interested in the study of culturally-diverse populations: individuals, families, and/or community- focused; and
- Provide classroom presentations on multicultural perspectives, as invited.
Goal Three, Objective Two
Provide Continuing education opportunities for College faculty. The center seeks to offer skills development continuing education in cultural awareness/cultural sensitivity. This could apply to all vulnerable populations.
Goal Three, Objective Three
Assist with the mentoring of Hispanic and other Spanish-language students of the College. Topics could include counseling in how to navigate the UT Arlington system, help with American English, and how to develop better writing skills in English. We also have the opportunity to educate the students on what we would like to educate healthcare providers about in terms of multicultural perspectives and their application in clinical practice. Students can become equipped to educate others themselves. These student support activities would be coordinated through the Student Success Program of the College, as indicated.