In the epidemiology of infectious diseases, much of researchers' concerns center around how disease spreads or, more optimistically, how an outbreak may be mitigated by other social and biological factors. Researchers with REACH have been innovatively applying the simulation abilities of social network modeling to
A group from the REACH Lab recently published a research paper in the 36th volume of the Puerto Rico Health Science Journal. The objective of this research was to examine the social network and recruitment patterns of a sample of people who inject drugs (PWIDs) in rural
The REACH Lab's director of data analysis, Patrick Habecker, and principle investigator, Kirk Dombrowski, worked with other researchers to publish a paper in the International Journal of Drug Policy's May 2017 volume. This paper found that people who inject drugs in urban settings were significantly more
Another year of the Minority Health Disparities (MHD) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) has been successfully completed! Undergraduates from across the United States, with knowledge in multiple disciplines, joined together at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to complete a summer research project. Professors from sociology, agricultural
In collaboration with El Punto en la Montaña, our syringe exchange partners in rural Puerto Rico, our team participated in the cleanup of a number of local shooting galleries. There is considerable need, and desire on the part of local PWID, for safe injection spaces.
REACH Lab's Jerreed Ivanich and Kirk Dombrowski joined University of Alaska-Fairbanks partners in collecting baseline fieldwork on the Qungasvik Project led by UAF anthropology Stacy Rasmus and Univ Minnesota-Duluth's James Allen. Great team to work with, and it was work! The project focuses on cultural
Puerto Rico has the fourth highest rate of HIV infection in the entire United States. The disease has been devastating to the island territory in many other ways as well: the HIV death rate for Puerto Ricans is four times higher than the national average.
Opioid addiction in Vermont has become a crisis. The local chapter of the largest professional design organization, AIGA (American Institute of the Graphic Arts), held a poster show and solicited entries from across the country.
Graphic design students in Professor Colleen Syron's class reworked the posters they had
Professor Colleen Syron, MHDI Faculty Affiliate, asked design students in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts to create a public service campaign to address Dr. Dombrowski’s call to action found in his recent article “The Scope and Scale of Rural Drug Use” in
2016 Kirk Dombrowski, Bilal Khan, Patrick Habecker, Holly Hagan, Samuel R. Friedman, Mohammed Saad “The Interaction of Human Social Systems and Virus Natural History in the non-Spreading of HIV.” AIDS and Behavior (First Online: DOI: 10.1007/s10461-016-1568-6)
This article explores how social network dynamics may have reduced