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.
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.
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
2017 Melissa Welch-Lazoritz, Patrick Habecker, Kirk Dombrowski, Angelica Rivera Villegas, Carmen Ana Davila, Yadira Rolón Colón, Sandra Miranda De León, “Differential outcomes for people who inject drugs associated with lack of access to syringe exchange in rural areas.” International Journal of Drug Policy 43(1): 16-22.
A new article was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer that focuses on one of Puerto Rico's solutions to the heroin crisis--a program called "AirBridge" which exports addicts to mainland cities, like Philadelphia, promising beautiful treatment facilities and jobs. Unfortunately, the reality addicts find in Philly is
Congratulations to REACH social network analysis undergraduate students, Miranda, Brandon, Sam, and Amanda, who presented at the Nebraska Summer Research Symposium on August 10, 2016.
Miranda Melson presenting "To Inject or Reject? The formation of Intravenous drug networks in rural Puerto Rico"
Samuel Rosenblatt presenting "An Analysis
Dr. Roberto Abadie, REACH Lab's post-doctoral researcher, will discuss his work pairing epidemiological data and ethnographic methods to produce a detailed map of how injection networks shape health outcomes among drug users in Puerto Rico. Abadie will discuss the role of the pharmaceutical industry in lowering drug costs to make
Graduate student Ian Duncan recently presented findings from the Injection Risk Networks in Rural Puerto Rico project at the Midwest Sociological Society's annual conference in Chicago. This was the first academic presentation done using data from the project, with many more to come. "Hepatitis C Serosorting
A new paper analyzing the Injection Risk Networks in Rural Puerto Rico phase 1 data has been published in Harm Reduction Journal. Read the full article here.
Understanding differences in HIV/HCV prevalence according to differentiated risk behaviors in a sample of PWID in rural Puerto Rico
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