On November 29th, Lexington High School held their first YouRhealth community health fair. YouRhealth is just one of the ways that UNL Minority Health Disparities Initiative (MHDI) is building long-term relationships with rural communities. With Rural Futures Institute (RFI) support, we are working with the
The United States is battling the biggest heroin epidemic in decades. CNN's Deborah Feyerick traveled the country to find the people and the towns fighting the war against the drug that has taken on a new, powerful form and is indiscriminately claiming the lives of
The BHECN/MHDI Statewide Pilot Project: Cost-Savings of Behavioral Health Trained Community Health Workers has recently completed data collection. The project began collecting data on June 1, 2016 aimed at evaluating the short-term cost effectiveness of behavioral health trained community health workers (CHWs) and use this evaluation
Current Rural Drug Use in the US Midwest
Kirk Dombrowski, Devan Crawford, Bilal Khan and Kimberly Tyler
Abstract The nature and challenge of illicit drug use in the United States continues to change rapidly, evolving in reaction to myriad social, economic, and local forces. While the use
Reducing Health Disparities: Research updates from the field (Volume 1)
by Kirk Dombrowski (Author, Editor), Kimberly Gocchi Carrasco (Editor)
This volume of collected essays is a product of the 2015 Minority Health Disparities Initiative writing retreat at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The goal of UNL's MHDI is
On July 1, 2016 we launched a pilot project called YouRHealth (Youth Are Rural Health) aimed at teaching high school students to research, create, implement, and evaluate a wide variety of public health campaigns. The pilot program is being launched in Lexington, NE. The student
Health Voice Vision is a combined photovoice and survey research initiative launched on July 1, 2016 that links community voices and photographic images with rigorous social science research methods to provide more insight into the health of rural communities. This project will address an important gap
Dr. Kirk Dombrowski's new proposal was selected by the Rural Futures Initiative to receive funding in 2016.
The proposal is titled Identifying the Interrelationships Between Social Determinants, Self-identity, and Public Health in Minority Rural Communities: Photovoice + Random Spatial Sampling Survey.
Dr. Kirk Dombrowski (PI), of REACH
MHDI and REACH Lab are collaborating with UNMC's College of Nursing and Public Health and UNL's SBSRC on a new project in rural Nebraska--ISHealth--which aims to develop a social indicators measure of the relationships between social determinants of health, informal community networks, and formal health care
NPR ran a story yesterday on opioid abuse and the workforce. Read or listen here.