Dr. Dianne Travers Gustafson, School of Nursing, is working with Dr. Roedlach to develop a study on how southern Sudanese refugees, who have been resettled in Nebraska, cope with stress. They deliberately avoided a clearly defined and narrowly focused study design in order to allow them to be guided by whatever the study participants regard as important. This exploratory study will provide the basis for a more focused research. Dr. Roos Willems, who worked for years with UNHCR and IOM in various parts of Africa and studied adjustment strategies of refugees settling in urban areas, will serve as a consultant for this study. Dr. David Turkon from Ithaca College, New York, who has extensive experience with refugees from the Sudan and collaborated with the Lost Boys Project, will advise them throughout the research process. Dr. Dianne Travers Gustafson is also working with MarySue Wydeven, MSN, RN, to elucidate how faculty currently integrate public health concepts in the nursing curriculum. Situating individual and collective health concerns in the context of family, community, and the larger population is key to effective public health nursing practice. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008, draft) and The Institute of Medicine (2003) concur that improvements in population health depend on a professionally competent public health workforce. Public health issues currently addressed by nurses include, among other concerns, emerging infectious disease, disease surveillance, environmental health, increasing populations with chronic health conditions, underinsured and uninsured families with unmet health needs, growing health disparities within populations, and emergency preparedness planning. The purpose of this
Dr. Travers-Gustafson teaches in the Master of Arts Medical Anthropology Program and serves on the Advisory Board for this program.
Dr. Dianne Travers Gustafson
Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
Creighton Hall 437 Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 67178