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About REACH

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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. Our research 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 at UNL when Kirk Dombrowski moved to Lincoln to join Les Whitbeck, and the two began a research collaboration on topics related to health disparities in the Central Plains (and beyond). In 2016, they were joined by Bilal Khan (also in Sociology) and Colleen Syron (in the Hixson Lied College of Art and Design). The work of the REACH Lab is based around a core of dedicated and highly trained specialists in work with hard-to-reach populations. Devan Crawford serves as Director of Research Strategy and Operations; Melissa Welch-Lazoritz is our Project Director; and Research Assistant Professor Roberto Abadie serves as our Field Director. In Nebraska, Kim Gocchi Carrasco is the Coordinator of our Minority Health Disparities Initiative Project, and Kim Matthews is our Community Impact Coordinator for Nebraska. 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, or by Project, or by Topic. As you will see, many of our projects overlap more than one focus area. And similarly, focus areas often contain a number of projects. Overall, focus area pages are intended to provide and overview. Specific funding sources for projects in that area can be found under the “Scope” button in the middle of the page. For information on only a single project, use the project tab in the menu. Here a chronological list posts will be displayed that allow the reader to look back over the entire project history.

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