Substance use of all varieties has seen great demographic shifts throughout the United States in the past century. While attention to drug use, trafficking, and addiction was once centered on urban populations and networks, epidemics like those concerning methamphetamines, heroin, and opioids have increasingly complicated
In Puerto Rico, the urgency of HIV infection is visible in shear numbers: the rate of diagnosis is the fourth highest in all the United States at 33.8 per 100,000 of the population compared to a national average of 19.7. Even more concerning is the
It has been consistently found in Aboriginal communities that the continuation of cultural traditions of is vital to the maintenance, resilience, and health of a society. For a community familiar to forced acculturation and discrimination, the identity and empowerment found in the conservation of Aboriginal culture has
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.