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TRIP TO CHINA - March 2015


A graduate nursing course in "Women and Family Health in China: Millennium Transitions in Policy& Practice" was held March 13-24, 2015 in China. Drs. Judith McFarlane and Fuqin Liu were the lead faculty for this course. Students forged relationships with the First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Women's Hospital of Zhejiang University, School of Medicine and the Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou as well as visited women's factory work sites in Tonglu county (hometown of Dr. Liu). Additionally, students received a special lecture from the Director of Health Policy for Hangzhou City. This ten-day cultural immersion experience helped students to have a better understanding of policy and practice in relation to the health of women and families in China.



Dr. Joan Edwards and Dr. Patrick Palmieri attended the July 2014 WHO Collaborative Centers for Nursing and Midwifery in Coimbra, Portugal.  Dr. Edwards presented on the topic of “Indonesian Nursing Curricula Project to Achieve Congruency with 2009 WHO Global Standards for Initial Education of Professional Nurses”.  Dr. Palmieri spoke on “Spreading Knowledge and Preventing Infection in Peru: A Pilot Program to Reduce Healthcare-Acquired Infections in Developing Economies".

Three participants from TWU attended the 2nd International Conference of the School of Health Sciences, University of Venda – 2014 “Towards Achieving 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s).  The Conference was held at the University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa.  Those attending and presenting from TWU were Ms. Heidi Gilroy, Dr. Angeles Nava and Dr. Judith McFarlane.  Several hundred participants engaged in learning and international networking.

Dr. Joan Edwards and Ms. June Hanke spoke on “Maternal Mortality, Global and Local” at the June 2014 AWHONN National Conference in Orlando, Florida.  Participants actively engaged in the last 30 minutes of the presentation with the goal of identifying how they would become personally involved to impact maternal morbidity and mortality rates either globally or locally.

Dr. Rita Dello Stritto and Dr. Peggy Landrum attended the 25th International Nursing Research Congress in Hong Kong in July 2014.  They presented their collaborative interprofessional educational project, conducted in conjunction with Baylor College of Medicine and University of Houston College of Pharmacy.  Their abstract, 'Breaking Bad News: Confronting Interdisciplinary Bias', was selected from 70+ abstracts as one of five finalists for the 2014 Excellence in Educational Research Award.

The CGNS has worked with countries including:
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Korea
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Pakistan
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam
  • Peru 

Dr. McFarlane Receives $1.75 Million Grant

Judith McFarlane, Dr.P.H., a nursing professor at Texas Woman’s University’s Institute of Health Sciences in the Texas Medical Center, has received a $1.75 million grant from the Houston Endowment to continue her study on the effectiveness of Houston-area shelters and civil protection orders in helping abused women and children transition into safety.