Opening Keynote Presentation

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Teddie M. Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP
Clinical Professor, School of Nursing- University of Minnesota
Specialty coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership
Director of Planetary Health

"From floods to fires and pandemics to massive human migration, we are rapidly learning that the existential challenges facing humanity will require transcultural partnerships and radical transformation of systems. But there is hope! When nursing knowledge and leadership drive solutions, a future becomes possible where everyone can flourish."

Transcultural Nursing: Leading the Great Transition

Keynote objectives:

  1. Describe the collapse of Earth's natural systems and the impact on human and ecosystem health, including the rise of pandemics
  2. Define the five core domains of planetary health and how these relate to the UN SDGs and global health.
  3. Apply Transcultural theories and strategies to planetary health.
  4. List opportunities for Transcultural Nurses to make a unique contribution to restoring the health of the planet and co-creating a viable future for all.

Dr. Potter is deeply committed to climate change education including co-founding Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, membership in the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and membership on the American Academy of Nursing Environment and Public Health Expert Panel. She is a member of the Coordinating Committee of Columbia University’s Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education and a Fellow in the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. She chairs Clinicians for Planetary Health (C4PH) and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Planetary Health Alliance at Harvard.  At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Potter designed and co-teaches an interdisciplinary course titled “The Global Climate Challenge: Creating an Empowered Movement for Change”. In addition, she co-leads a Health Sciences initiative titled, “Climate Change and Health: An Interprofessional Response.” In 2019, Dr. Potter was appointed the first Director of Planetary Health for the School of Nursing.

Transcultural Nursing Scholars PresentationFriday, October 29, 2021 ~ 8:30 a.m. 


Conceptualizing Leininger’s Theory and Cultural Congruence for Social Justice and Health Equity

Rick Zoucha, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, CTN-A, FAAN and Dula F. Pacquiao, EdD, RN, CTN-A, TNS

Contemporary transcultural nursing imperatives include the establishment and articulation of critical significance in promoting social justice and health equity.  The central tenets of transcultural nursing are grounded in advocacy and respect for diverse individuals, families and communities. Greater emphasis however,  needs to be placed on promoting an orientation to social justice and commitment to action in order to secure equity of health outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. Transcultural nursing knowledge and skills should continue to evolve and retool to address current issues in health care. Historically, the nursing discipline has focused on the significance of culture on care. It is important in contemporary times to move beyond recognition of the significance and relation of care and culture to that of social justice and health equity imperatives.

This presentation examines the utility of Leininger’s culture care theory and culturally congruent care in the context of social determinants of health and vulnerability in local and global populations. The benefit of expanding the theoretical and conceptual view of Leininger’s culture care theory, social justice and health equity can promote culturally congruent care in diverse and vulnerable populations. Education, research and practice strategies demonstrate the application of the core concepts of transcultural nursing theory in transforming nursing and health care to improve the health and well-being of diverse populations globally.