April 19, 2013

Mentor Catherine Collins Has Forthcoming Book

Book Explores Black Women's Health Issues


Catherine Collins

Niagara Frontier Center Mentor Catherine Collins’ forthcoming book, “African American Women’s Life Issues Today: Vital Health and Social Matters,” Praeger 2013, will be released in June.

Written by an all-female, all-African-American team of health experts that includes nurse practitioners, registered nurses, educators and psychologists, the book focuses on the diseases and related social issues that cause the greatest harm and pose the greatest threat to African-American women today. It is one of a series of books written or edited by Collins on African-American women’s health or social issues. Her last book, “The Imprisonment of African American Women: Causes, Experiences and Effects, 2d ed.” was released in 2010.

Chapters address topics as varied as heart disease, cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, domestic violence, cervical and breast cancers, obesity, depression, mental illness, dementia/Alzheimer’s and incarcerated-women’s health care. A chapter is dedicated to identifying the social, cultural and environmental barriers that block African-American women from experiencing the best possible lives.

 The book can be used as a textbook, but is also of interest to general audiences, including those who want to use it as personal reference or those interested in African-American history and culture. “Each chapter has recommended health behaviors and outcomes,” Collins says, and there is a special focus on the so-called “superwoman syndrome,” which explores, “how we frequently have to juggle so many hats.”

 According to the publisher, the book provides comprehensive coverage of the topic from an Afrocentric perspective, and will be of great interest to medical and psychological health professionals and professors, social workers, counselors and students in these fields, as well as African-American women seeking current and expert information on these health threats.

 Other books in the series include “African American Women’s Health and Social Issues” and “Sources of Stress and Relief for African American Women (Race and Ethnicity in Psychology)” also published by Praeger.

 Next up for Collins is a book that focuses on the special issues affecting black girls.


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