Dr. Baird’s program of research focuses on vulnerable populations, specifically immigrants and refugees. She completed an interpretive ethnography titled “Resettlement Transition Experiences among Sudanese Refugee Women” at the University of Arizona in 2009. She is currently conducting a Community-based Collaborative Action Research (CBCAR) project with a Sudanese refugee community in the Kansas City metropolitan area to address social determinants related to their health outcomes.
Dr. Baird has traveled abroad to the Dominican Republic with student groups to conduct workshops with Haitian promotoras, to China to teach English as a second language and most recently to northern Uganda to set up educational and research opportunities. She is very interested in combining student learning with international experiences.
Dr. Baird frequently presents on topics related to Cultural Competence to a variety of healthcare organizations and professionals. She is a member of the Transcultural Nursing Society, president elect of the Kansas City Networking Chapter of the Transcultural Nursing Society and a peer reviewer for the Journal of Transcultural Nursing. Her publications to topics about culture and health include:
Baird, M. B. (2011). Well-Being in Cultural Transition: Development of a theory. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Boyle, J. S. & Baird, M. B. (in press). Culture, family, and community. In M. M. Andrews & J. S. Boyle (Eds.), Transcultural Concepts in Nursing Care (5th Ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters, Kluwer/ Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
Baird, M. B. (Jan, 2012). Well-being in refugee women. Accepted for publication in The Journal of Transcultural Nursing 23(1).
Baird, M. B. (April, 2011). Lessons learned working with translators and interpreters from the Dinka tribe of southern Sudan. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 22(2), 116-121.
McEwen, M. M., Baird, M. B., Pasvogel, A., & Gallegos, G. (2007). Health-illness transition experiences among Mexican immigrant women with diabetes. Family & Community Health, 30(3), 201-212.
Crigger, N. J., Brannigan, M. & Baird, M. B. (2006) Compassionate nursing professionals as good citizens of the world. Advances in Nursing Science, 29(1), 15-26.