Sandra Millon Underwood Archives

Business unusual — COVID and vaccinations

July 15, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing From lotteries, to scholarships, to free tickets to various entertainment venues, across the nation communities continue to identify creative ways to persuade people to get COVID-19 vaccinations. Some of the most vulnerable populations— like African Americans— are experiencing the lowest percentage of vaccinations…. [Read More]

Growing positivity—mind and body

June 17, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing Research has shown that communing with nature is beneficial to our health and well-being. Likewise, research has shown that gardening can improve physical and mental health. Research has shown that communing with nature and gardening can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and… [Read More]

Community Healthcare Workers Meeting The Needs Of People

June 3, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing With health equity front and center these days, particularly as we navigate through issues like COVID-19, vaccinations, and mental health, community healthcare workers (CHWs) have become more vital than ever. These front line workers play an important role in developing messages and reaching… [Read More]

Health equity—meeting the community where they are

May 27, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood RN, PhD, FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing Lately we are hearing a lot about health equity, but there are some misconceptions about what it is and who it affects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health equity occurs when every person “attains his or her full… [Read More]

Child nutrition: Planning, planting and preparing healthy meals

May 20, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing Growing up in Mississippi Bonnie Anderson’s mother always had a garden. Early on, she learned how growing your own food, preserving, and canning it were not only fun activities, but taught her life-long skills that helped ensure she and her family always had… [Read More]

Sowing Seeds For Health Equity

May 13, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing Disparities in health experienced by people of color in Southeastern Wisconsin are garnering an increasing amount of attention among residents and advocates in the community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 10 percent of health outcomes can be… [Read More]

Millennials, COVID-19, and YOLO

May 6, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood RN, PhD, FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing You only live once (YOLO) is even more important in the wake of COVID-19. These days, in the wake of COVID-19, one of the best ways to help ensure longevity, is to get vaccinated. And, while some Millennials appear to be hesitant about… [Read More]

Remaining faithful in a pandemic

April 8, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing The pandemic has taken a toll on our lives and many of our mainstay institutions and businesses—even the church. For more than a year now, Sunday mornings have looked different with many communities of faith going to virtual services, reaching out by telephone,… [Read More]

COVID-19 Precautions—BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (PANDEMIC)

March 25, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood RN, PhD, FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing Prior to the pandemic, small businesses were one of the fastest growing segments in our nation. This changed with COVID-19. A survey conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank states that three out of every 10 small businesses in the U.S. say they likely… [Read More]

Black men’s health—taking care of business

March 11, 2021

By Sandra Millon Underwood, RN, PhD, FAAN Professor, UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing New York Times editor Brent Staples reports that newspapers celebrating unsung Black heroes were for many years “religiously passed from home to home and read aloud in barbershops.” Today, barbershop owners are using their businesses as venues to raise awareness about chronic diseases… [Read More]