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By the National Cancer Institute


REVIEW: Do you want to learn how to make a difference in health disparities, especially for cancer screening, prevention, and treatment? The National Cancer Institute's CRCHD is the place to go. Healthy People 2020 ( defines a health disparity as a health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. For example, people with lower socioeconomic status have a higher risk of developing cancer and higher death rates from cancer. African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial or ethnic group for all cancers combined. For Native Americans over age 45, cancer is the second leading cause of death. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have the highest incidence rates for liver and stomach cancers.

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What can nurses do to help? Learn how to engage with multiple populations. Discover resources for patients and families on the CRCHD website. Over 160 resources, including patient education booklets, are available in English and Spanish. A link to the American Cancer Society website is provided that offers cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and managing side effects information in 15 languages. Links to multiple free resource sites are provided, such as the National Institutes for Health Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities.


I was amazed at the exhaustive resources available from CRCHD for understanding health disparities and aiding disenfranchised populations. With a little digging, I am confident you can find what you need to help anyone at risk for health disparities on the CRCHD website.-KSS




By Nurses Christian Fellowship USA


BRIEF: Are you looking for Bible study resources specific to nursing? Take advantage of NCF's Bible studies. Find questions to use in any Bible study to integrate faith with your role as a nursing student or nurse. Discover Bible studies written about nursing for use in individual or small group study, such as Healing Encounters with Jesus and What's Vital? Following Jesus in Nursing. Most of the studies are free as downloadable pdfs. Other Bible study booklets can be purchased for $5 each.


Going Deeper

Going Deeper helps you dig deeper into JCN content, offering ideas for personal or group study with other nurses-great for Nurses Christian Fellowship groups!


* Cervical Cancer Screening: Read Dorsainvil, 152-158.


1. What are the known risk factors for cervical cancer?


2. Per the American Cancer Society, what is the preferred way to find early cervical cancers or precancers in women age 30 and older?


3. What are current HPV vaccine recommendations?


4. Describe sociocultural and structural factors associated with a lack of screening.


5. Read the accounts of the bleeding woman: Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48. What stands out to you?


* Spiritual Nursing Care Education: Read White and Hand, 170-175.


1. What are the five critical attributes of spiritual nursing care discussed in the article?


2. What potential threats to implementing spiritual nursing education were identified and discussed?


3. Discuss the authors' statement: "It is imperative that nurse educators intentionally thread spiritual care throughout the curriculum so graduates are prepared to address the vital spiritual component of care."Explore the SDC (supplemental digital content) online at


4. Scan Mark, chapters 2 and 3. What do you learn about Jesus as an instructor of spiritual education?


* Effective Listening: Read Watson, 159-163.


1. What does the author suggest as the first step toward learning to listen?


2. Which of the suggestions for effective listening is easiest for you? Which is the hardest? How can you use your strengths and grow where you struggle?


3. Interact with the author's statement: "The skill of listening often is best demonstrated by how well one repeats or summarizes what s/he's heard."


4. Read John 12:46-50. What insights can be gained regarding listening?