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College of Nursing to Continue Study of Risky Behavior by Sexual-Minority Women

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing has received a $3.25 million federal grant to continue its research to identify risk and protective factors related to drinking and drinking-related problems among sexual-mPhoto of Prof. Hughesinority — lesbian or bisexual — women.

The five-year study, led by Tonda Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of Health Systems Science and Associate Dean for Global Health, will examine how stressful experiences in a person’s life — childhood sexual abuse, adult sexual assault or discrimination based on race/ethnicity or sexual orientation — are related to psychological suffering and hazardous drinking in adult sexual-minority women.

Now in its 17th year, Hughes’ study is the longest-running project of its kind, and one of the only longitudinal studies focusing on sexual-minority women’s drinking and health.

Volunteers Needed: Statistical Support for Rwandan Students

Have an interest in international collaborations and enjoy statistics? UIC College of Nursing faculty are working with University of Rwanda Masters students as part of the groundbreaking Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program. We are looking for volunteer tutors willing to assist UR students with calculations and statistical process via email/videoconferencing during Spring 2017 (Jan 3-May 15, 2017). UIC Students may be eligible for recognition via UIC Impact's Co-Curricular Transcript (

For more information, please contact:

Patricia J. Moreland, PhD, CPNP, RN
Visiting Clinical Instructor, UIC College of Nursing
Masters Program Educator,
Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program