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New nurse organization fights health disparities

Obesity, heart disease and diabetes were just some of the issues nurses with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Black Nurse Association were tackling this weekend.  They know their work is critical to helping a community disproportionately impacted by these diseases compared to other parts of the country.

“There’s just an explosion and the explosion relates to cost,” said Deborah Toney, the National Black Nurse Association President. “We know that’s at the heart of it all, but the system is not set up to deal with issues related to chronic disease.”

With the debate over healthcare reform at a feverish pitch, the president of the National Black Nurse Association believes now more than ever, nurses have to be informed and ready to handle the new challenges facing the healthcare industry.

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