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Campus News |

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

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Campus News |

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance, recovery, and progress at UNLV.

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Campus News |

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

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Campus News |

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

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Campus News |

UNLV public health researcher Melva Thompson-Robinson explains the U.S.’s history of medical trauma against people of color, its impact on the pandemic, and tips for meaningful messaging.

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Arts and Culture |

A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.

Health Disparities Research In The News

Las Vegas Sun

Considering Las Vegas’ population is 61.88% white and 12.23% Black, the data shows proportionally Black women are more likely to die in pregnancy-related deaths. Nationally about 700 women die each year from pregnancy-related causes, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control, and Black women are 2 to 3 times as likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women.

Verywell Health

As COVID vaccination rates stall, and the Delta variant spreads across the U.S., the Biden administration announced in early July that it will implement several strategies to encourage more people to get vaccinated.

Verywell Mind

Your race and gender can make a big difference in whether you receive treatment for a headache disorder, such as migraine, new research has found.


According to a new study, a disproportionate number of Hispanic Americans have died from COVID-19 due to workplace exposure to the coronavirus compared with their non-Hispanic white counterparts.

Web MD

Shortly after Andrew Suggs 32, launched his barbershop booking app Live Chair, his father's health started to decline from congestive heart failure. It led Suggs to research heart disease. That's how he learned that African American people, like his father and himself, were more likely than Americans of any other large racial or ethnic group to die of heart disease.

Verywell Health

An increasing number of higher education institutions are requiring students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending campuses in the fall. Among these are Rutgers University, Cornell University, Duke University, and Brown University.

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Recent Health Disparities Research Accomplishments

Iwimbong Kum Ghabowen (Healthcare Administration and Policy), Jay Shen (Healthcare Administration and Policy; Center for Health Disparities Research), and Xan Goodman (University Libraries) recently published a paper, "Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Financial Impact of 30-Day Readmissions for Selected Medical Conditions: A…
Jay Shen (Healthcare Administration and Policy, Center for Health Disparities Research) recently co-authored a paper, "Smoking Cessation and Pancreatic Cancer Risk in Individuals With Prediabetes and Diabetes: A Nationwide Cohort Study," in Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
Zahra Mojtahedi, Pearl Kim, and Yonsu Kim (all Healthcare Administration and Policy),  Ji Yoo (Medicine), Jay Shen (Center for Health Disparities and Research, Healthcare Administration and Policy) published a paper, "Changes in Characteristics of Inpatient Respiratory Conditions from 2019 to 2021 (before and during the COVID-19…
Jay Shen (Center for Health Disparities Research; Healthcare Administration and Policy) is currently leading an interdisciplinary team to conduct the COVID-19 Health Disparity Assessment and Healthcare Equity Modeling project, funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention through the Southern Nevada Health District, with a total…
Zahra Mojtahedi (Healthcare Administration and Policy), Ying Guo (Environmental and Occupational Health), Pearl Kim (Healthcare Administration and Policy), Parsa Khawari (Public Health), Hailey Ephrem (Public Health), and Jay Shen (Center for Health Disparities Research, Healthcare Administration and Policy) recently published a paper titled, "…
Melva Thompson-Robinson and Johanna Adlam (both Center for Health Disparities Research) published a paper on "COVID-19 and Communities of Color: Understanding the Impact of Racism on Public Health" in the Nevada Journal of Public Health. In light of the recent declarations of racism as a public health crisis, the push to address the…