Center for Reducing Health Disparities

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

One Man’s Perspective: His Love and Hate for Tobacco

Eddiy Hilliard came to me as a volunteer designer during the Nebraska Aids Project (NAP) Fashion Condom Show.  I had a newly crowned Smokeless Diva and a desire to flaunt her in all her elegance on the NAP runway.  Eddiy readily agreed to be a designer when a mutual friend recommended him. He was direct from the start, “I am a smoker”, he said, “ but I want to help because I think it’s important for people to know that it’s not good for you… Continue Reading

Tobacco-Free/Substance-Free Event for Native Youth

Liz Brown specializes in youth suicide prevention within the Indian Center Inc.  As an advocate, she helps the youth she serves find healthier alternatives when dealing with overwhelming amounts of stress. The challenges in her work have made her realize that there is a great need in the Native American community to have open discussions about health risk behaviors.  She explains that seeking help is a serious stigma in her community. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), social determinants of health are conditions in… Continue Reading