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Mental Health Needs of Latina Migrant Farmworkers


The current featured article in ANS is titled “Application of Postcolonial Feminist Theory, Chicana Feminist Thought, and Black Feminist Thought in Analyzing the Mental Health Needs of Latina Migrant Farmworkers – A Shared Legacy,” authored by Maria del Carmen Graf, MSN, RN, CTN-A; Ashley Ruiz, RN, BSN; Jeneile Luebke, PhD, RN; Oluwatoyin Olukotun, PhD, RN; Aisha Kendrick, MSN, APN, CNS, RNC-OB; Leslie Shaw, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC; Alexa A. Lopez, PhD; Julia Snethen, PhD, RN, FAAN; Eva Silvestre, PhD; and Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, PhD, RN. You can download the article from the ANS website at no cost while it is featured. This message from lead author Maria del Carmen Graf shares some background about this this work for ANS readers:

Maria del Carmen Graf

In this article, we present the application of Postcolonial, Chicana, and Black feminist thought to analyze Latina migrant farmworkers’ mental health needs. Current literature regarding the mental health needs of Latina migrant farmworkers in the upper Midwest is scarce. The contextual factors affecting Latina migrant farmworkers’ mental health needs are informed by a specific socioeconomic, political, and historical context. We chose these theoretical frameworks to help us understand the intersection of the current sociopolitical climate, anti-immigrant rhetoric, and systemic racism on Latina migrant farmworkers’ mental health. The tenets of Postcolonial Feminist theory provide a lens for reflecting on and analyzing the realities of women in the global South or third world women, and Chicana and Black feminist thought enable us to explore the worldviews and life experiences of women of color in the Americas. Applying these feminist epistemologies to our analysis also allowed us to consider the ideologies that have historically informed White hegemonic masculinity, which refers to the enforcement of patriarchal gender hierarchies through constructions of masculinity cast as normative. We believe that research with Latina migrant farmworkers grounded in women’s voices helps us move away from hegemonic representations, informs policy, and leads to culturally appropriate guidelines and interventions.

Nurses as Allies Against Racism and Discrimination


The first article in the latest issue of ANS is titled “The Role of Nurses as Allies Against Racism and Discrimination: An Analysis of Key Resistance Movements of Our Time” authored by Jennifer Weitzel, MS, RN; Jeneile Luebke, MS, RN; Linda Wesp, PhD, RN, FNP-BC; Maria Del Carmen Graf, MSN, RN, CTN-A; Ashley Ruiz, BSN, RN; Anne Dressel, PhD, CFPH, MLIS, MA; and Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, PhD, RN. This important article is also available for continuing education credit, and it is available at no cost on the ANS website while it is featured.  The authors shared this background information about their work:

For this article, a group of ethnic and culturally diverse scholars joined in a collaborative effort to highlight and promote the role of nurses as allies against racism and discrimination. As a foreign-born Hispanic nurse, my contribution consisted in giving a voice and bringing awareness to the problematic suffered by undocumented immigrants living in the United States during times of openly exhibited xenophobia. Our manuscript is a call for all nurses to take action, become allies and promote a culture that fosters social justice and solidarity- Maria Del Carmen

As a second-generation multiracial Filipina American nurse scholar, whose interests focus on examining nurse-patient interactions following experiences of violence, I feel this manuscript speaks to the important role and responsibility that nurses hold in partnering with individuals and communities of which we serve. Particularly individuals and communities facing experiences of injustice. We hope this manuscript demonstrates the ways in which nurses hold a position of power capable of addressing health inequalities due to racism through establishing healthy partnerships as allies and maintaining solidarity with those we serve to change future health outcomes. – Ashley Ruiz

As a nurse scholar who is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, I felt that my contribution to this manuscript was a crucial step as a leader in my academic and tribal community. This manuscript is an exemplar for how nurses can use their collective power and voices as allies and advocates to address issues of racial inequities and health disparities. This manuscript also highlights the key resistance movements of our time and how nurses have been in the field and on the frontlines of those movements, not just at the bedside. As advocates and allies, we acknowledge the role that historical trauma and structural violence plays in reproducing inequities that manifest as health disparities and poor health outcomes. – Jeneile Luebke

L-R: Jennifer Weitzel, Jeneile Luebke, Linda Wesp, Maria Del Carmen Graf, Ashley Ruiz, Anne Dressel, Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu

Since 1965, UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing has developed a tradition of excellence. Dedicated to providing academic programs of the highest quality that are at the forefront of nursing, the college has been widely recognized for its innovation, leadership in the profession of nursing and extensive collaboration with diverse community agencies. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the college in the top 15 percent of nursing schools with graduate programs.

With our long-standing history of academic excellence, UW-Milwaukee is the ideal choice for students interested in a PhD in Nursing. The PhD in Nursing is a research-intensive program that prepares nurse scientists for roles in research, education, practice, health policy and leadership. Students work closely with faculty mentors to plan and conduct cutting-edge and innovative research using a variety of research methods.

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