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…

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…

Language as a Barrier to Healthcare for Hispanic Residents

By Ryan S. The Hispanic population in the United States is rising at a much higher rate than it ever has in our past. The Hispanic population reached 53 million people in 2012, almost double the number of residents in 2000. This population growth is expected to continue, though the expected rate of growth has varied from…

The Implications of Trump’s Presidency on Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also referred to as Obamacare, is one of the main tenants of Barack Obama’s presidency. The goal of Obamacare was to expand healthcare coverage to more Americans in terms of affordability and accessibility. Since Obamacare came into effect in March of 2010, it has effectively insured more than 20 million…

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…

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…

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…