Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Persephone as Clean air at the NAP Fashion Condom Show

Persephone, Ricky Sheridan during the day, is this year’s Smokeless Diva.  Eddiy Hilliard, Dustin Moorehead, and Ariss Mendoza who all co-designed her dress helped Persephone  reach the runway at this year’s Nebraska Aids Project Fashion Condom Show. At the start of the year, University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Center for Reducing Health Disparities (UNMC CRHD) and Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC) start looking for community volunteers and sponsorship.  By June, volunteers successfully put together a dress that assists with HIV/AIDS prevention, additionally we tie in tobacco… Continue Reading

Thanks for Participating in World No Tobacco Day

Yesterday was quite a day!  Locally, our coalition, the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC) hosted a cigarette butt clean-up as part of the Omaha Tobacco-Free Parks Initiative in three Omaha parks: Elmwood, Mandan, and Miller.  And unfortunately, we found a lot of tobacco trash in our parks.   We also had a lot of activity online through our blog, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts.  We thank you all for being involved in this initiative to educate and raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco… Continue Reading

Tygra Says Goodbye and Welcomes Smokeless Diva 2014

Smokeless Diva is here to stay.  The title has made it into her second year.  We saw an amazing performer and advocate come make her mark, and now go into the abyss that is the retirement of normal non-draghood.   No, but really if you have Tygra tell it, she’ll tell you that she is welcoming the break.  But if you ask me, I would say she itches to come back whenever she is needed and that’s what she did this past week. When our new… Continue Reading