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For Immediate Release:
October 20, 2000
Contact: Rosanne Harrigan, dean, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 956-8522, email@example.com
|UH doctoral candidate receives $4,500 nursing scholarship|
Nurses Educational Fund, Inc. awarded a $4,500 scholarship to University of Hawai'i at Manoa doctoral student in nursing Anne Leake. Leake is one of only 16 masters and doctoral degree students in the nation to receive an NEF award this year.
The scholarship "recognizes Ms. Leake's academic achievements and her potential as a future leader of the nursing profession," NEF President Nelson said in a letter to UH School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene Dean Rosanne Harrigan.
Leake, who received the Edith M.F. Pritchard Memorial Fund and the Bernard J. Springer Memorial Fund Scholarship awards, will research systems of ambulatory care for adults with chronic disease especially Type 2 diabetes and how the system of care affects patient outcomes.
"What the patient does to self-manage a chronic condition is as or more important than what the health care provider does," Leake says. "Many cultures in Hawai'i are more present oriented and collectivistic than those on the Mainland. In my dissertation research, I will be measuring the degree of future orientation and individualism for people with diabetes in Hawai'i to see how these correlate with self-management.
"I hope that this knowledge can help health care providers design culturally competent interventions to facilitate self-management."
Leake also has professional experience as a practitioner, lobbyist, manager, community advocate and teacher to many patients, who are often low income, culturally diverse and uninsured. As a nurse practitioner, she has worked at the Kalihi-Palama Health Center and with Dr. Terry Shintani at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, where she observed first hand how diet helps patients get off of insulin and lose weight. At Kalihi-Palama, Leake is working on a diabetes awareness campaign in the Filipino community.
"We see so much diabetes in the primary care clinics in Hawai'i,
and there has been more treatment available and education for health care
providers, which motivates me to want to do more in this area," says
Leake, whose own father has diabetes. "Coming from the Mainland and
experiencing different cultures, I've been very struck how different world
views can impact one's health."