CANA Global CONNECT, Vol. 1, Issue 1 – Chief Editor’s Message

Editorial

A New Platform: CANA Global CONNECT

Mei R. Fu, PhD, RN, FAAN

Chief Editor

Starting in January of 2017, CANA Global CONNECT, the official news magazine of the Chinese American Nurses Association (CANA), will be published quarterly as a benefit for CANA members. The mission of CANA Global CONNECT is to: (1) Provide timely news and resources to nurses and healthcare professionals globally that can guide clinical practice; (2) Showcase global nurse leaders and healthcare leaders who have made significant contributions to advance excellence in nursing and quality patient care; and (3) Communicate CANA updates and news.

 

About 20% of world population is Chinese (Worldmeters-Population, 2015) and 8.3 million China-born people are living outside China, including but not limited to the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, making China the fourth largest country of emigration in the world according to the World Bank (Skeldon, 2011, Park, 2012, Ip, 2012). The Chinese population is the largest group among all Asians in the United States. Compared to Chinese population in China, Chinese Americans have increased risk for obesity in the United States. Obesity has been identified as a major source of unsustainable health costs, and morbidity and mortality due to hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer. This issue’s Research Highlights focuses on the impact of accuracy of body weight perception on obesity indicators and chronic illness among Chinese Americans. Such research like this provides much needed information that is useful to develop personalized intervention.

 

In 2011, CANA established its first Scholarship Awards to inspire and encourage the next generation of Chinese American nurses. Our first three scholarship recipients received the scholarship during 2011 CANA Annual General Meeting on October 8th, 2011 and we have continued three awards each year since 2011. In this Issue, we feature our newly awarded recipient, Ms. Huan Wang, a nursing student at Rory Meyers College of Nursing, New York University. We encourage CANA members and friends to consider making donations to sustain CANA Scholarship Award so that CANA can support more nursing students.

 

It is our hope that CANA Global CONNECT will provide information that is useful for nurses around the globe. We are confident that CANA Global CONNECT will impact practice and research by serving as a platform to help nurses and other healthcare professionals to translate knowledge into personalized care through sharing information and insights, building networks, sustaining inspiration and courage.

 

References

Park, Y. (2012). China: Living In Between: The Chinese in South Africa. Special Issue: Migration in the Modern Chinese World. The Migration Information Source: The Online Journal of the Migration Policy Institute. Retrieved on June 11, 2015 from Source URL: http://www.migrationpolicy.org/programs/migration-information-source/migration-modern-chinese-world.

Skeldon, R. (2011). China: An Emerging Destination for Economic Migration. Special Issue: Migration in the Modern Chinese World. The Migration Information Source: The Online Journal of the Migration Policy Institute. Retrieved on June 11, 2015 from Source URL: http://www.migrationpolicy.org/programs/migration-information-source/migration-modern-chinese-world

Worldmeters-Population. (June 11, 2015). China Population (Live). Retrieved on June 11, 2015from Source URL: http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/china-population/.

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