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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 The MHDI Summer Research Program Experience

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

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 2017 MHDI Conference: Staff In Action

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 … Continue reading Language as a Barrier to Healthcare for Hispanic Residents

5 Nebraskan Asian Facts You Didn’t Know (As Relayed By a Nebraskan Asian)

By Mekenzie K. I’m 21 years old and still find myself asking “Am I an Asian-American?” in certain situations. At 21 years old that probably sounds like a ridiculous thing to question, but part of the reason I’m never quite sure is because I’m also an adoptee. I am a Korean American whose parents are … Continue reading 5 Nebraskan Asian Facts You Didn’t Know (As Relayed By a Nebraskan Asian)

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 … Continue reading The Implications of Trump’s Presidency on Obamacare

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 Prevalence of Asthma by Race