Racial Inequalities in Healthcare
Nurses and nurse educators play a big role in championing health equity. Scientific evidence shows that significant disparities in health and healthcare are rooted in the social determinants of health — the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. Additionally, according to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), racial and ethnic minorities receive lower-quality healthcare than non-minorities — even when insurance status, income, age and severity of conditions are comparable.
Nurses and nurse educators can lead the way in combating racism and healthcare inequities by creating inclusive strategies for nursing care of all individuals, ages and populations.
In this Talks for Good, our distinguished panel will identify and discuss:
- The systemic inequities and implicit bias that affect healthcare
- How systemic and structural racism relate to the social determinants of health
- The importance of increasing diversity among nurses and nurse educators
- The role nurses can play in championing health equity
Dr. Sandra Davis, DPM, ACNP-BC, FAANP
NLN and Walden University College of Nursing Institute for Social Determinants of Health and Social Change
Dr. Sandra Davis is the deputy director for the NLN and Walden University College of Nursing Institute for Social Determinants of Health and Social Change, and she co-chairs the NLN’s Taking Aims Committee to raise awareness with nurse educators of societal inequities affecting health and welfare of communities of color. She is board certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with more than 20 years in faculty, administrative, clinical practice and leadership roles. Prior to joining the NLN, Dr. Davis was an associate professor and the inaugural associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the George Washington University School of Nursing. As a scholar, Dr. Davis’ research interests include disparities and inequities in health and social and structural determinants of health.
Dr. Mahaman Moussa, DVM, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C
President and CEO
Raouda Medical Center of Tahoua
Dr. Mahaman Moussa is a senior core faculty member in Walden University’s Master of Science in Nursing program and the president and CEO of Raouda Medical Center of Tahoua in Niger, Africa. As a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, he has been a faculty member for more than 10 years and worked as a geriatric primary care provider. At the Raouda Medical Center, Dr. Moussa provides free and low-cost care to underserved populations of all ages. He oversees operations for the 50-bed hospital and treats patients through telemedicine and during regular visits to Niger. In addition, he provides free medical services to the underserved and uninsured patients at a free health clinic in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His research interests focus on global health and health literacy, and he wrote a book titled “An e-health approach to foster diabetes knowledge of African Americans.”
Dr. Ernest Grant, RN, FAAN
American Nurses Association
Dr. Ernest Grant is the 36th president of the American Nurses Association, the nation’s largest nurses organization representing the interests of 4.3 million registered nurses. He has more than 30 years of nursing experience and is an internationally recognized burn-care and fire-safety expert. He previously served as the burn outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Dr. Grant also serves as adjunct faculty for the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, where he works with undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the classroom and clinical settings. In 2002, President George W. Bush presented Dr. Grant with a Nurse of the Year Award for his work treating burn victims from the World Trade Center site. In 2013, he received the B.T. Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Council.
Dr. Adrianna Nava, MPA, MSN, RN
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
Dr. Adrianna Nava is the president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and chief of quality and systems improvement within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). In her NAHN role, she invested in the professional development of Latino nurses by engaging them in community health initiatives in Chicago and inspiring them to reach higher levels of success. Dr. Nava also focused her efforts on building the leadership capacity of nurses, with a focus on Latino nurses. She has been in service to our nation’s veterans for most of her nursing career, and within the VHA, Dr. Nava has focused on developing the nursing workforce to improve the quality of care delivered to veterans. Dr. Nava has been awarded the 2020 Secretary of Veterans Affairs Award for Excellence in Nursing and the 2019-2020 U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship from the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.