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Adolescent Health Project Aims to Make Community-Wide Impact

Melissa Tibbits, PhD

Public Health Community Advisory – Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are an ongoing, significant problem in Douglas County. Since 1998, rates of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in Douglas County have been substantially higher than state and national rates. There is also significant age and racial/ethnic disparities in STD rates in Douglas County. Youth ages 15-24 have the highest STD rates of all age groups, and STD rates are 10 times higher for African Americans than for Whites. Given the potential for serious and long-term complications from Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, including… Continue Reading

Shaping Nebraska to Become the Healthiest State in the Nation by 2020


Public Health Community Advisory –  Becoming the healthiest state in the nation will take a systematic and collective approach with collaboration between committed stakeholders throughout Nebraska. Nebraska’s current health ranking is 10th (America’s Health Rankings, 2015), so, not too bad…there are only 9 other states in front of us! However, to move up those nine spots by 2020 requires that Nebraskans band together to work on target priorities. Two identified priorities are binge drinking and colorectal screening. Nebraska currently ranks 44th and 35th respectively in these… Continue Reading

Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN Recognized as Outstanding Advocate for Public Health in Nebraska

Dean Ali S. Khan and Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN

Public Health Community Advisory-  Patricia Lopez, RN, MSN was recognized as an outstanding advocate for Public Health in Nebraska at the annual COPH Awards Ceremony. Ms. Lopez works with local health departments to assist them in preparing for national public health accreditation. For the past seven years, this project has taken her to National meetings allowing her the opportunity to work with peers in other states. She is currently a Site Visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board for local health departments in other states…. Continue Reading

Refugee Health Collaborative of Omaha, Nebraska

Refugee Health Collaborative of Omaha, Nebraska

Public Health Community Advisory –  According to the World Refugee Survey 2008, 14 million people are refugees and asylum seekers. A refugee is a person “who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of origin because of previous persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution, based on the person’s race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” Secondary migrants are those refugees who have originally resettled in one part of the country and have subsequently moved to… Continue Reading

UNMC Science Café

UNMC Science Cafe

Public Health Community Advisory – “Science Cafés” are events that take place in casual settings such as pubs and coffeehouses, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Science Cafés represent a grassroots movement, exist all over the world and can vary from place to place. Even the names of Science Cafés vary, including Science on Tap, Science Pub, Ask a Scientist, and Café Sci.” 1 In Nebraska, Science Café is a free educational event sponsored by UNMC… Continue Reading

What do I need to know about the Ebola virus?


Public Health Community Advisory- What is Ebola? Ebola is a virus which causes an infection. How does Ebola spread and how do I catch it? You can only get Ebola from: Touching the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola. Touching contaminated objects, like used needles or cloth (used sheets or towels) from an Ebola patient. The Ebola virus is spread by direct contact which means that the person who is sick with the virus has… Continue Reading

The Health Center Association of Nebraska – Impacting Public Health by Fulfilling Its Mission


Public Health Community Advisory – Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) serve over 22 million people in more than 9,000 sites across urban, suburban, and rural America. FQHCs are particularly adept at reducing health disparities by breaking down barriers to health care such as lack of providers, lack of culturally appropriate health services, and unaffordability. Since FQHCs serve everyone regardless of their ability to pay, they save the American health care system $24 billion a year by lowering more costly trips to emergency rooms. Nebraska’s Community… Continue Reading