Community Engagement and Outreach

Diabetes Prevention Program

If you have pre-diabetes or other risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, UNMC’s EngAge Wellness Center is offering a program to help you take charge of your health and make a change.

Enrollment is now open in the Center for Disease Control’s Diabetes Prevention Program, which begins May 6 at UNMC’s EngAge Wellness, 38th Avenue and Leavenworth Street.

The Diabetes Prevention Program features an approach that is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. The program will meet weekly for the first 16 weeks, then monthly for eight months.

This course is being subsidized for anyone 60 years of age or older by the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. For this reason, we are only asking for a $25 contribution for admission into the program. (People younger than 60 are invited to participate. Please call for pricing).

The one-year program is designed to help make lifestyle changes to improve overall health and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. By improving food choices and increasing physical activity, participants can lose 5 percent to 7 percent of their body weight. In participants with pre-diabetes, these lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than 50 percent (71 percent in people over 60).

For more information on the program or to register, contact Jeannie Hannan, Ph.D., at 402-552-7210.


Employability Skills 101

The Teen Parent Leadership Academy presents:

Careers Under Construction
Keepin’ it Real

Facilitated by:  Kimberly Nichols and Damany Rahn
Every Tuesday in April from 3:30 -5:00 PM
(April 7, 14, 21, 28)

Free childcare and meal provided
Transportation assistance as needed
Speakers, prizes, and much more!

To Learn More or to Register Please Call Laura Evans at (402) 898-4785
Sponsored by the Nebraska Children’s Home Society

Employability Skills 101 Flyer


Living with Cancer in Nebraska

“Living With Cancer in Nebraska” will feature segments on “Rural Health and Advancements in Cancer Treatment,” “Pancreatic Cancer,” and “Impact on Families.” UNMC’s Ken Cowan, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, Sarah Thayer, M.D., Ph.D., physician-in-chief of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, and Renaisa Anthony, M.D., deputy director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the UNMC College of Public Health, are among the featured participants.

The program complements the most comprehensive documentary on a single disease ever made, “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” which examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion. This three-part, six-hour documentary airs on NET today, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. CDT.

The documentary was produced by preeminent documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, in partnership with WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in Washington, D.C., and is based on the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee.

Learn more at Use the hashtag #NECancerFilm to join the discussion.