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PlexusCall: Caring Science, Food and Health in Cameroon
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8/8/2014
When: Friday, August 8, 2014
1-2pm ET

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Friday, August 8, 2014 1-2 PM Eastern Time
Caring Science, Food and Health in Cameroon
Guests: John Nelson and Relindis Moffor


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When an agronomy professor heard John Nelson mention at a meeting that he worked in healthcare and studied the science of caring, she asked his thoughts on food sustainability. The professor helps runs an international food initiative in five countries, and she knew the hest efforts are often foiled by poor transportation, spoilage, violent conflict and corruption. How might deliberate human caring be used in getting food to those who need it most? John Nelson and Relindis Moffor relied on Jean Watson’s theory of caring to set up a small human-relationship centered food program among women in villages of Cameroon who are HIV positive, and they hope this pilot will add to the evolution of an interdisciplinary field of caring science.

John Nelson, PhD, MS, RN, is President of Healthcare Environment (HCE), an international data management and consultation company with headquarters in New Brighton, Minnesota. He has worked in 28 different countries with his largest current international project examining caring science and outcomes in the USA and Scotland, structuring data according to the framework of patient care delivery. His experience includes 11 years as a staff nurse and the last 13 years as President of HCE. He is a facilitator for the Caring International Research Collaborative, the largest research community within Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the international honor society of nursing. He has published in peer reviewed nursing journals, is co-editor with Jean Watson of book Measuring Caring (2012), published by Springer Publishing and has spoken at several conferences throughout world.
Relindis Moffor, RN, BA is the president and founder of Angel of Mercy, a non-profit organization launched in 2005 to serve patients living with HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases in Cameroon, her native country. The organization also provides a home for orphans and gives scholarship and educational opportunities to under-privileged children in Cameroon. Relindis earned an associate degree in nursing at College of St. Catherine’s in Minneapolis, a BA in Health Sciences, and she is finishing a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN.
 
She has been a staff nurse and clinical director; and is now an Administrative Nursing Supervisor with Long Term Acute Care Hospitals in Minnesota. Most of her nursing career has focused on leadership, inspiring bedside nurses to be compassionate in delivering high quality patient care and bringing out their passion in nursing. As Executive Director with Angel of Mercy, she carries out four or five trips to Cameroon every year. She develops and manages sustainable programs, conducts health screening exercises and sensitization programs in local communities; develops treatment and wellness programs for patients; promotes nursing education in nursing schools; and volunteers and partners with the Regional Hospital and local Health Centers. In the last two years she has worked to help establish an orphanage for 40 children in Bambui-Bamenda, in the Northwest Province of Cameroon. She is a registered member of MINCAM (Cameroonians in Minnesota), an organization representing 5,000 Cameroonians in Minnesota. She is a member of the MINCAM Educational Committee; promoting education within Cameroonians in MN, and a member of the MINCAM Independent Electoral committee (MIEC), responsible for conducting fair elections within this group. She has two sons.

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