Research led by Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, was recently cited by Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, United States Surgeon General. Dr. Carmona was speaking at the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research 2003 Conference, titled “Nursing Research: A Key to the Nation’s Health,” on September 10.
Once a nurse himself, Dr. Carmona said he often emphasizes the importance of nursing care and nursing research. As Surgeon General, he has three national priorities: prevention, public health preparedness, and eliminating health disparities. Nursing research supports these priorities, he said, because it focuses on individual behaviors and choices that people can make every day to prevent illnesses and injury. Dr. Carmona used as an example the NINR-supported “Young Black Male” study http://nursing.jhu.edu/faculty_research/research/projects/young_black_male/index.html conducted by Dr. Hill and colleagues from the Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health. The study focuses on lowering high blood pressure among young African American men in inner city Baltimore using an intensive, multidisciplinary intervention program. He credited this and other NINR-supported research for bringing us to the brink of our next major evolutionary wave in public health.
To view Dr. Carmona’s remarks, visit http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/news/speeches/ninr09102003.htm