Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)




There are several related health concerns in the Latino community. These concerns include increased rates of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. The [MDH] Minnesota Department of Health reports some startling statistics regarding the costs to the community as well as the cost of care. A review of the literature reveals that the costs are staggering, and that several approaches can be helpful in addressing the health care disparity of increased rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in the Latino population. Some approaches include the promotore model, a collaborative approach, and education of clergy and lay boards regarding the [FCN] Faith Community Nurse as agent for change. There is some disagreement regarding these approaches. This work will examine the role of the faith community nurse as a powerful force in this work with the community. The Theory of Human Caring as developed by Jean Watson supports the focus of this project. The intent is to develop a model for the education of clergy and lay board within the faith-based Latino community using meetings to explain the work of the FCN. Ultimately, a faith community based nutritional program would be developed. For the purposes of this work, the terms Latino and Hispanic will be used interchangeably.


SC 11.MAN.2010.Jones.SH

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Nursing Commons