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Health Impacts in Rural Nebraska


As lead investigators for UNL’s Minority Health Disparities Initiative, the REACH Lab engages stakeholders throughout Nebraska to identify critical knowledge and service gaps in rural communities that result in health disparities.

MHDI works directly with communities to develop collaborative transdisplinary research teams. Together we build innovative research and intervention projects that address ongoing health issues, from infrastructure needs to rural drug abuse. Our rigorous mixed-methods approach combines social science quantitative research strategies with community based participatory research to facilitate community relationship building for health disparities researchers who seek to have an impact on the communities that their research serves. Throughout all of our projects, we work to translate transdisplinary health disparities research into identifiable community impact. To learn more about our Community Impact projects, please visit the MHDI website for more information: mhdi.unl.edu.

Recent Blog Posts for Community Impact in Rural Nebraska

Gladys Godinez, a participant in the Minority Health Disparities Initiative's  Health Voice Vision project, was recently interviewed by Chuck Schroeder, the Directer of

The REACH lab's Minority Health Disparities Initiative (MHDI) project has partnered with other community organizations on an exhibit at the Nebraska

UNL's Quantitative Life Sciences Initiative and Holland Computing Center hosted the first-ever Datapalooza this November. Datapalooza was a competitive data

Professor Colleen Syron, MHDI Faculty Affiliate, asked design students in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts to create

  This volume of collected essays is a product of the 2016 Minority Health Disparities Initiative writing retreat at the University

This week, NPR's "All Things Considered" aired a story on rural opioid problems. Dr. Dombrowski was interviewed as part of this

Project Details


UNL’s Minority Health Disparities Initiative was launched in July, 2012. Our core funding is provided by Tobacco Settlement Funds provided by UNL’s Office of Research and Economic Development. We are currently soliciting internal and external funding to support innovative initiatives driven by our transdisciplinary research community collaborations.


Kim Gocchi Carrasco coordinates and runs the Minority Health Disparities Initiative under the direction of Kirk Dombrowski. Together with our faculty partner, we are building transdisciplinary research alliances between UNL departments, University of Nebraska campuses, and community stakeholders. Find our more about MHDI at our website.

Engaging Community Knowledge