The MHDI Summer Research Program Experience

The MHDI Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a part of the broader UNL Summer Research Program (SRP) that’s held every summer.  This NSF-funded research experience has hosted students from many different universities across the country, with students from many different disciplines. MHDI is the only REU in the Summer Research Program that offers research... Continue Reading →


Premature deaths by race: the up, the down, the disparity

By Mekenzie Kerr Inequalities between African Americans and whites are prevalent throughout multiple facets of life, including health dynamics. For years a common health disparity trend has been a higher number of earlier deaths for blacks than whites, a trend that is shifting, according to a recent federal study. Imagine reviewing 15 years worth of... Continue Reading →

2017 MHDI Conference: Staff In Action

Story and photos by Mekenzie K. On Friday, February 3, we hosted our annual MHDI Conference. This year the conference was held on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Shout out to our keynote speakers Dr. Stephen Thomas and Elisabeth Hurst who spoke on topics including health disparities, policy and how to be a citizen advocate. There... Continue Reading →

Prevalence of Asthma by Race

By Ryan S. The prevalence of asthma in the general population has steadily risen over time. From only 3 percent in 1980 to almost 9 percent of the total United States population in 2012, it's an issue that deserves attention. Within this group, there are differences based on age, gender, occupation, socioeconomic status, and race/ethnicity. Though... Continue Reading →

The Existence of Food Deserts

By Ryan S. The USDA defines a Food Desert as a "part of the country vapid of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas." These areas lack healthy food options because there's a lack of grocery stores, farmers' markets, and other means of attaining healthy food. To be considered... Continue Reading →

Suicide among LGBT Youth

By Ryan S. In the United States, suicide is the second leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10 and 24 as well as school-aged children between the ages of 12 and 18. Following only homicide, suicide accounts for roughly 11 percent of all deaths in that age range. And though there is... Continue Reading →

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