The MHDI community is made-up not only of our undergraduate students and other staff & faculty members, but those that we collaborate with outside of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Through our work with different minority group communities, we have formed alliances to better understand health disparities among underserved populations.
To understand how diverse the MHDI community is, it is first important to define its building blocks.
Our community focus encompasses underserved populations across the spectrum including ethnic, LGBTQ and socioeconomic – just to name a few. “Health disparities,” as defined by the CDC are “preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations.” Our desire to understand health disparities does not only branch into health issues and diseases, but also access to care or lack thereof based on an individual’s status as a minority. Being a minority often excludes or disadvantages people from accessing healthcare and presents different health issues compared and contrasted to other groups — showing how a range of disparities can occur simply from being a minority.
Our community is made up of students, staff, faculty, and community members – each of us representing our own minority groups – all sharing the common goals of procuring information through research to learn more about the intricacies of minorities and health disparities, ways to reach out and begin to close these gaps.