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Voices and stories we need to hear.

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“I want nurses to start talking” states Glickstein’s guest  Amanda Anderson, a nurse, writer and one of the forces behind Hunter College’s The Nurses Writing Project @nurseswriting.

Co-host Barbara Glickstein interviews Anderson on Healthstyles Thursday, September 4 at 1 PM on WBAI 99.5FM radio &

Anderson curated and directs “The Bedpan Confessionals: Tall Tales of Truth By Nurses, For Everyone” Saturday, Sept. 13th on the Lower East Side at Berkli Parc Cafe @berkliparc, 63 Delancey St., 8:15 – 9:00pm @litcrawlnyc

This event is free and open to the public.

“The Bedpan Chronicles” introduces you to these five nurse writers:
Amy Berman, RN, BS, senior program officer at the Hartford Foundation, has shared her story of being a nurse, a health care consumer, and an active cancer patient around the globe. She is a well-known advocate for palliative care, and publicly shares her mission – to ensure that patients get to choose the care they want – via Health AGEnda, Health Affairs, The Washington Post, and National Public Radio. @notesonnursing

LeeLee Milner, RN, PMHNP, a recent graduate of the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, practices as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in the homes of her patients all over New York City. She gives insight into the intimate details of her home-based patients, and the bravery required to do what she does via her blog, qNurse, where she also writes to her goal of helping nurses maintain mental health through self care. She also teaches young nurses the tools of the trade at NYU, and can’t go very long without mentioning her many dogs and their love for Prospect Park.

Roma Arellano, RN, BSN, CCRN, is an experienced intensive care nurse and advocate for night shift nurses. She currently works at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she is developing a project for the mentorship and increased safety of new nurses entering night shift work. Her stories often focus on her struggle to process motherhood and death – a daily challenge in her nursing work, and through Lit Crawl, she’ll bring her brave voice to the public’s ears for the very first time.

Ellen Cohen, RN, CNM, author of the recently published book, Laboring: Stories of a New York City Hospital Midwife, estimates that she’s delivered approximately 1,400 babies in her tenure as a nurse and midwife. She is currently mid-book tour, and brings a sage voice of experience and passion to our group of authors. Her goal as a nurse-writer is to promote holistic midwifery and a better public understanding of the practice through her stories of courage and defiance of traditional roles that pave the way for women, health care and patient advocacy.

Amanda Anderson, RN, BSN, CCRN, will host the venue, espousing nurse-y wisdom and wit throughout the night. She currently leads the collaborative editing program within Hunter College’s The Nurses Writing Project, which she co-directs. Her blog, This Nurse Wonders, focuses on her career goal of getting nurses to start talking about what they do in ways that the public can understand. She blogs for The American Journal of Nursing, Scrubs Magazine, and Center for Health Media & Policy’s HealthCetera, to that aim. She works at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, and is studying far too hard for far too many degrees at Hunter & Baruch Colleges. She bikes.

You can find Amanda Anderson on Twitter @12hourRN, and on her personal blog:

Everyone has a story. Deborah Jiang Stein‘s adoptive parents didn’t want her to know that she was born in prison to a heroin-addicted mother.

Deborah Jiang Stein, author of the memoir, Prison Baby published by Beacon Press, advocate for incarcerated women and the founder of the unPrison Project is interviewed by co-host Barbara Glickstein. Themes of disconnection, secrets, transracial adoption, incarceration of women and babies born in prison are discussed.

Find out more about the unPrison Project and consider supporting the Behind Books Not Bars Prison Baby book club for incarcerated women and girls.

Listen to the interview (this is a rebroadcast)


Health Care in Haiti

NP Students in Leogane, Haiti

NP Students in Leogane, Haiti

On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake crumbled Haiti. What little there was to what could be called a health care system before the earthquake was crushed, along with a school of nursing that collapsed with its nursing students and faculty inside. Some tried to remain hopeful that this disaster could herald the development of a better health care system with the rebuilding of Haiti and its health care workforce.

While the health care system is still almost nonexistent, the first family nurse practitioner program in the country has opened with the help of an organization called Promoting Health in Haiti, supported in part by Hunter College and its school of nursing. This visionary initiative promises to build a community-based primary care workforce that focuses on rebuilding the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and the nation.

Last night on Healthstyles, on WBAI (99.5FM), producer and moderator Diana Mason, PhD, RN, interviewed the president and vice president of Promoting Health in Haiti—Carol Roye, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Carmelle Bellefleur, EdD, RN—about their vision for this initiative, the challenges it addresses, and the future of health care in Haiti. Click here to listen to the program anytime:

Healthstyles is sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Celebrating Youth Food Justice in East Harlem and the South Bronx!

Earlier this summer, people from various New York City organizations came together to celebrate youth food justice and community health projects that were created by local middle-and high-school students.  The event, which was held at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College in East Harlem, was co-hosted by the New York City Food Policy Center, the Children’s Aid Society  and MAChO’s Youth Leadership Program.

Art projects such as a rap about healthy eating, a community mural promoting consumption of fruits and vegetables and a cookbook filled with Dominican Republic favorites modified to be diabetic-friendly were just a few amongst the many projects exhibited by the youth.  This event also showcased a photo-based project that I conducted in collaboration with the Children’s Aid Society and youth from their East Harlem Center.   A technique called Photovoice was used, which is a community-based research method that engages people to capture images of their environment.  It provided an opportunity for the youth to record their own stories around important food issues and empower them to promote positive changes in their own communities in East Harlem and the South Bronx.  Check out a previous blog post that talks more about this community engagement technique.

Every single one of the youth’s photos were auctioned off that night to raise funds for an expanded photovoice project this upcoming year, where we’ll be exploring more about community food justice and promoting youth advocacy around these issues.

This Food Justice PhotoVoice Project highlights the potential impact of collaborations between academic institutions and key community-based organizations such as the Children’s Aid Society, in working together to promote positive and sustainable changes in communities.

Stefania Patinella (Food and Nutrition Programs Director at Children's Aid Society) and May May Leung (Assistant Professor at the CUNY School of Public Health) displaying some of the youth's work.

Stefania Patinella (Food and Nutrition Programs Director at Children’s Aid Society) and May May Leung (Assistant Professor at the CUNY School of Public Health) displaying some of the youth’s work.

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Participating youth chatting to each other about their own work.

CHMP Welcomes Dee Burton, PhD as Associate Director for Research and Evaluation

The Center for Health, Media & Policy announces the appointment of Dee Burton, PhD as Associate Director of Research and Evaluation.  

Photo Credit: Ernest Cuni

Photo Credit: Ernest Cuni

Dee Burton joins the Center for Health, Media and Policy as Associate Director for Research and Evaluation. Dr. Burton comes to the CHMP from the State University of New York at Downstate Medical Center where she chaired the Department of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health.

Dr. Burton’s most recent research focuses on the use of cell-phone technology to deliver longer-term support to highly-stressed populations.  She developed an Open-Slate model of counseling in which counselors are trained to set aside their own frames of reference in order to better understand a participant within the participant’s own context.  Her first study of this model was in an intervention helping Chinese restaurant workers to stop smoking.  She now is developing an intervention using the same Open-Slate phone-counseling approach for HIV-infected people who smoke.  Dr. Burton also is a co-investigator on a study led by Dr. Steven Levine at SUNY Downstate which aims to develop mobile applications to help stroke survivors and their caregivers in the recovery process.

In earlier media research Dr. Burton conceptualized and conducted research on two models of advertising effects that contributed to an understanding of how tobacco advertising can lead to the initiation of smoking.

Prior to returning to New York, Dr. Burton was associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.  She was inducted into the Delta Omega national honorary society for public health in 1999.  She holds a Ph.D. in personality and social psychology from the New School, with an NCI post-doctoral fellowship in health behavior and promotion with a minor in mass media and communication from the University of Southern California.

Calling All Nurse Writers

Theresa Brown, RN, is an oncology nurse and one of the very few nationally prominent nurse-writers in the areas of nursing and health care.  She on the Center’s Advisory Council and this is her first post as a HealthCetera guest blogger.

Being the “nurse who writes” means I work under a misconception. Although a number of physicians regularly opine on the work they do in books, articles in The New Yorker, and my own home base The New York Times, I’ve never heard the MD-writer combination described as odd or bewildering. However, being an RN-writer is seen as unusual, and my admittedly unusual academic background—I have a PhD in English from the University of Chicago —- contributes to the view that I’m an intellectual oddity among my nursing peers.

But I am not alone in combining nursing and writing. Many nurses will be familiar with Echo Heron’s nursing memoirs and Carol Gino’s The Nurse’s Story. Tilda Shalof, a Canadian ICU nurse, and Patsy Harman, a certified nurse midwife, are both nursing and writing right now, and Harmon’s new novel, The Midwife of Hope River was just released. Saving Lives: Why the Media’s Portrayal of Nursing Puts Us All at Risk, a polemic by Sandy Sommers, RN, MSN, MPH powerfully argues that media stereotypes of nurses dangerously undermine nursing’s professional legitimacy.

These nurses, and I, all write for the same reasons that physicians do: educating the public about how health care works, outlining ways to make health care better, exploring how hard it is to work in a job that often deals with death, or showing what nurses’ clinical work actually involves.

By writing about nursing (or medicine) we learn about the nature of our roles as caregivers and we communicate the importance of that role to readers. In a recent column entitled “Money or Your Life” I wrote for The New York Times, I argued in favor of the Affordable Care Act by telling the story of a patient who wished for a death panel because he had no health insurance and worried that the care he needed to save his life would bankrupt his family. His choice would have been for the government to kill him rather than for his family to become destitute financing his care. Read more


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