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Research | April 27, 2020

Public health researcher Dr. Melva Thompson-Robinson on why the coronavirus crisis disproportionately affects communities of color.

Campus News | July 3, 2014

Gerstenberger, a faculty member at UNLV since 1997, was named interim dean of the school in 2013.

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Research | January 11, 2011

UNLV working with local nonprofits and churches to lead pregnancy prevention program.

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Business and Community | November 24, 2010
UNLV Center for Health Disparities Research Partners with Local Churches on Prevention Program Targeting African-American Youth

Health Disparities Research In The News

ESPN
July 9, 2020

When Kansas State football players returned to campus the week of June 8, there was a brief feeling of optimism after months of uncertainty.

The Sacramento Observer
May 12, 2020

Two weeks ago, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp drew sharp criticisms from African Americans across the country. Black politicians, social media commenters, and others blasted the governor, saying his decision to lift his state’s month-long stay-at-home order by first opening businesses like barbershops, nail salons, sneaker stores, tattoo parlors, gyms, and bowling alleys put the lives of Blacks at risk. Those are businesses African Americans frequent, his critics pointed out.

The Washington Informer
May 12, 2020

Dr. Melva Thompson-Robinson knows the data on the disparate impact of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 on African Americans and other minorities. Her key concern is how racism and unconscious bias continue to act as an accelerant of the pandemic.

Las Vegas Sun
May 6, 2020

As manager of the Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Maria Azzarelli works with local governments and community partners to prevent chronic disease — something that impacts and kills some demographic groups more than others.

Las Vegas Sun
May 6, 2020

As manager of the Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Maria Azzarelli works with local governments and community partners to prevent chronic disease — something that impacts and kills some demographic groups more than others.

KSNV-TV: News 3
April 27, 2015

Researchers say living in one neighborhood could add years to your life, while being a resident of another could cut your life short.

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Recent Health Disparities Research Accomplishments

November 15, 2019
Philip Danquah, Donica' Beckett, Johanna Andrews, and Melva Thompson-Robinson (all Center for Health Disparities Research and department of environmental and occupational health) and Carolee Dodge Francis (American Indian Research and Education Center and department of environmental and occupational health) made presentations at the American...
March 28, 2019
Donica' Beckett (Environmental and Occupational Health); Philip Danquah, Johanna Andrews, and Melva Thompson-Robinson (all Center for Health Disparities Research), and Carolee Dodge Francis (American Indian Research and Education Center) presented a scientific poster at the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference titled "Investigating Factors...
January 19, 2016
Melva Thompson-Robinson (Center for Health Disparities Research and School of Community Health Sciences) has been elected co-chair of the Pacific and Southwest Regional Health Equity Council. This council covers Region IX of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which includes Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, California, and the Pacific...