San Diego, CA – August, 2015. The Doris A. Howell Foundation announced the 2015 Cheryl Wilson Nursing Scholars to Ph.D. candidates Noelle Lipkin Leveque, sponsored by Cynthia D. Connaly, Ph.D. RN FAAN, and Trista Campbell, sponsored by Jane Georges, PhD. Lipkin will be addressing care for victims of human trafficking while Campbell will addressing the health issues of the caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.
In her project description, Lipkin mentions: ” Published research shows between 68 and 97% of health care providers say they have had NO training in identifying or treating victims of human trafficking.
This dissertation focuses on the gap in nursing knowledge regarding the health care of people (particularly women) who have been/are victims of human trafficking. A lack of awareness of human trafficking and lack of training on how to recognize and manage a trafficking situation have been identified as barriers to care for this population. This study offers a first glimpse into the physical and mental health needs and receipt of health services of trafficked women in San Diego, CA.
The aims of the study are to: (a) document the health conditions of trafficked women; (b) identify the social and economic determinants of health among these women; and (c) assess whether or not receiving health care improves the health of the women and their children”.
Campbell, on the other hand, describes the need to address the health of the caregiver tending to dementia and Alzheimer’s patients: ” According to the Alzheimer Association, there are about 10 million women currently providing unpaid 24-hours a day care to someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. They are more likely than men to help with the more intense, personal aspects of care, such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and managing incontinence. They receive less family and friend support than male caregivers caring for wives in similar situations. This takes a toll on their health and well being. They are concerned about the ability to maintain their own health since becoming a caregiver. These responsibilities are physically stressful, isolating and commonly linked to depression.
The aims of the study are to: (1) identify and provide the specific activation needs of the caregivers from the baseline assessment of the three instruments by referring the caregivers to the appropriate healthcare providers, (2) identify the dependent variable for best practices based on the measures of the TEI instrument, CB instrument and CIDI-SF instrument reflecting all major health care domains in caregiving, and (3) analyze the results of the surveys of the related constructs of the instruments identifying potential caregiver predictors of activation, predictors of depression and caregiver burden that should be useful as markers of caregiver needs for education and behavioral change coaching, and as the foundation for developing interventions to enhance caregiver activation and successful partnership with the formal caregivers”.