Building Bridges in Diverse Communities

Date of Award

Winter 1-17-2006

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Ruth Enestvedt


The communities we Iive in continue to become more culturally diverse which has significant implications for our health care systems. The purpose of this project was to develop a model to be used in bridging the gap between underserved racial and ethnic communities and mainstream healthcare. Nurses can play a seminal role in developing health promotion events in diverse communities directed at promoting healthy lifestyles, developing relationships and gaining new ways of viewing the world. Margaret Newman's theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness influenced the model development and gave insight to vital concepts of the project. Participating in health promotion events in diverse communities contributed to improving relationships with colleagues and clients to support immigrant and ethnic clients in the clinical setting and to promote understanding of their views at local and national venues.


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