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We are a research group at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Our research is based on combining a scientific approach with the desires and understandings of our community partners to solve problems that affect communities. Our projects typically fall into one or more ‘focus areas’ such as community health, substance use, and homelessness. Over the last two decades, our work has been supported by the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Native American Research Centers for Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institute of Justice, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The REACH Lab was founded in 2013 when Kirk Dombrowski and Bilal Khan moved to Lincoln to join Les Whitbeck, in the Sociology Department at UNL. Today, our staff has grown to more than 20 lab members. Devan Crawford serves as Director of Research Strategy, Patrick Habecker is our Director of Research Analysis; Research Assistant Professor Roberto Abadie serves as our Field Director; and Kim Gocchi Carrasco is the Director of Undergraduate Research and manages the Minority Health Disparities Initiative Project.  You can learn more about our staff on the Team page.

This website is designed to allow you to see our latest posts by Focus Area, by Project, or by the order in which they were posted. As you will see, many of our projects overlap more than one focus area. And similarly, focus areas often contain a number of projects. You can also sort the posts by subcategories from the blog page. We are happy to receive any questions, inquiries from potential collaborators or graduate students, or questions from the general public or press. You can reach us via the Contact page found in the main menu. Thank you for visiting.

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