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Urban Health: A Practical Application for Clinical Based Learning

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Cynthera McNeill, Detroit, MI

Umeika Stephens, Detroit, MI

Tara Walker, Detroit, MI

Copyright Year: 2022

ISBN 13: 9798985775419

Publisher: Wayne State University Library System

Language: English

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Reviewed by Shirley Greenway, Associate Professor, Tidewater Community College on 12/27/22

This book is comprehensive and informative. In addition to a Table of Contents that provides a breakdown of each chapter, a section titled "About the Book" follows the Table of Contents. I found this helpful when considering ways to utilize the... read more

Table of Contents

  • About the Book
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Authors
  • About the Contributors
  • Foreword
  • Chapter 1. Defining Urban Health in the Inner City
  • Chapter 2. Clinician Preparation for Urban Health Practice
  • Chapter 3. Social Determinants of Health in Urban Communities 
  • Chapter 4. Health Care in the Inner City: Primary Care Perspective
  • Chapter 5. Mental Health Disparities in Urban Communities: Impact of Urban Living on Mental Health
  • Chapter 6. Tertiary Patient Management
  • Chapter 7. Urban Health Disparities and the COVID 19 Pandemic: The Perfect Storm
  • Appendix: Examining and addressing COVID-19 racial disparities in Detroit 

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About the Book

Urban Health: A Practical Application for Clinical Based Learning is an openly licensed, peer-reviewed textbook for clinical-based nursing educators covering barriers in urban health and their impact on patient health outcomes. The authors explore perspectives of urban communities, urban patients, and urban healthcare providers to offer insight into how healthcare providers can address disparities in urban healthcare, provide meaningful care with the lived experiences of urban patients in mind, and improve patient-provider communication by moving towards a more solution-driven, team-based care approach. Features include learning activities, exemplars, and case studies.

About the Contributors


Dr. Cynthera McNeill is an assistant clinical professor and clinical coordinator for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program at Wayne State University. Dr. McNeill holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Wayne State University and is nationally certified as an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. She has worked as a primary care provider at a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Detroit, Michigan, serving the uninsured/low-insured patient population, and is currently employed as an Internal Medicine provider for a large urban healthcare system in Detroit, Michigan. Her primary focus as a nurse practitioner has been in the field of primary care/chronic disease management for adults, with emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention in urban communities. Her research centers on the utilization of evidence-based, culturally sensitive interventions to decrease health disparities among at-risk populations. As a product of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. McNeill is committed to improving health outcomes and addressing health disparities in urban communities.

Dr. Umeika Stephens is a dual-certified family and psychiatric nurse practitioner focused on the provision of holistic patient-centered mental health care. As a Detroit native she is acutely aware of healthcare needs in the community and the disparities impacting patients’ access to culturally sensitive services. Dr. Stephens has worked as a nurse practitioner for over 25 years providing for psychopharmacologic management and supportive therapy. Her areas of expertise are integrated care, substance abuse, mental health issues secondary to chronic medical illness, caregiver role stress/ coping, and women’s mental health issues. Dr. Stephens is also a clinical assistant professor at Wayne State University where she oversees the psychiatric nurse practitioner program.

Dr. Tara Walker is an assistant clinical professor at Wayne State University College of Nursing and a board-certified acute care nurse practitioner in internal medicine at a local Detroit hospital. Dr. Walker holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Wayne State University. Dr. Walker’s 24 years of nursing experience includes medical, surgical, emergency, administration, cardiology, and internal medicine. Her areas of expertise include reduction strategies in length of stay, improvement in throughput, nursing professional development, and nurse mentoring. Dr. Walker incorporates her administrative and clinical experience to combat barriers to implementing evidence-based practice in urban environments. Her foundational principle for every project starts with patient-centered, high-quality, cost-effective care. She belongs to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau.

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