As part of REACH Lab, UNL’s Minority Health Disparities Initiative’s Community Impact (MHDI CI) engages stakeholders to identify critical knowledge and service gaps in rural community health disparities.
One strategy is working directly with communities to develop collaborative transdisplinary research teams. Together we build innovative CI projects that address these identified gaps. Our rigorous mixed-methods approach combine social science quantitative research strategies with community-based models, such as
- Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR),
- Community-Engaged Research (CEnR), and
- Participatory Action Research (PAR).
Another strategy is to facilitate community relationship building for health disparities researchers who seek to have a social 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. Go to the MHDI website for more information: mhdi.unl.edu.