I have 39 years of experience, and specialize in the field of nursing and health care with specific knowledge in the areas of cancer screening behaviors of immigrants and refugees, cardiovascular disease among international populations and immigrants and refugees, and health literacy of African Americans and Latino immigrants. I have published on such topics as cancer screening behaviors (mammography, pap smear, breast self exam), cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. I have testified on nursing care of a patient on a psychiatric floor of a hospital and political asylum for a family from Eastern Europe. My professional life has been focused on various aspects of nursing and nursing care to populations in the US and internationally. Being an immigrant myself, I can understand the difficulties in accessing health care that immigrants and refugees experience in this country.