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Campus News | June 8, 2021

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

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Campus News | May 11, 2021

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

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Campus News | April 14, 2021

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

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Campus News | March 11, 2021

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

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Campus News | February 4, 2021

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.

Claytee White sits in a chair and gestures toward a woman sitting to her right
Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020

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
January 7, 2022

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
July 21, 2021

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
June 23, 2021

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.

May 6, 2021

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
April 29, 2021

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
April 22, 2021

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

April 3, 2023
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, "…
March 18, 2021
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 situations…
November 4, 2020
Melva Thompson-Robinson, Johanna E. Andrews, Tristesse Burton (all Center for Health Disparities Research) and Kristina Ricker-Boles (Public Health), along with colleagues at other institutions, have a book chapter published in Researching in the Age of COVID-19, Volume III: Creativity and Ethics. This book explores dimensions of creativity and…
September 21, 2020
Erika Marquez (Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy) and Melva Thompson-Robinson (Center for Health Disparities Research) led a team that published the Environmental Scan of Region IX: An Access to Health Care Report , which takes a look at factors that promote and impede health equity. It is the first of its kind to examine issues…
September 18, 2020
Selam Ayele (Public Health) and Melva Thompson-Robinson, and Johanna Andrews (both Center for Health Disparities Research), along with Carolee Dodge Francis of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently published an article, "Factors Associated with Mental Health Service Utilization Among Ethiopian Immigrants and Refugees" in the Journal of…
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…