Center for Reducing Health Disparities

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

Partners for Health: A Grassroots Effort to Reduce Tobacco Use in Nebraska

In Nebraska, collaboration is key to success. And for reducing tobacco use in Nebraska, partnering of local and state organizations has brought great success for the health of Nebraskans. You have experienced the success of that partnership – if you’ve ever entered a restaurant or any business and breathe in clean, yes, that clean air free of smoke. Advocating for and maintaining policies, programs and laws like the Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act are one of the successes of the effort that helps build healthy… Continue Reading

Tobacco Tax in Nebraska

Tobacco use is a serious public health threat.  Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.  More people die from tobacco than AIDS, alcohol, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined each year.  Tobacco taxes are a proven way to discourage youth from smoking and encourage adults to quit.  Tobacco taxes are good for health, good for people (youth and adults), and good for the states’ bottom line.  In fact, raising taxes on tobacco is the most effective policy… Continue Reading