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Centers, Laboratories, and Programs

In addition to a world-class education, the school includes numerous research centers, laboratories, and programs that offer students specialized research and real-world training opportunities.

Centers

Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy (NICRP)

The Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy (NICRP) looks out for Nevada’s children. The mission is to conduct academic and community-based research that will guide the development of policies, programs, and services that will enhance the health and well-being of Nevada’s children. The Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy (NICRP) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of children through research, advocacy, and other specialized services.

Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA)

The Center for Health Information Analysis (CHIA) is contracted by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Healthcare Financing and Policy (DHCFP). CHIA collects certain billing record fields from all hospital inpatient, outpatient, and ambulatory surgical centers. The center serves the community by making specific Nevada health-care-related data and reports available to both the private and public sectors.

Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR)

The mission of the CHDR is to create health equities from health disparities through leadership, advocacy, education, research, capacity building, collaboration, community engagement, evaluation, communication, cultural competence, and partnership. CHDR is very interested in engaging community partners in order to address issues related to health disparities in Nevada and throughout the United States. The CHDR publishes the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, an electronic peer-reviewed journal presenting research to guide the development of evidence-based solutions for reducing and eliminating health disparities.

American Indian Research and Education Center (AIREC)

The American Indian Research and Education Center conducts community-based research, promotes educational and research
opportunities for American Indian students, provides training
and technical assistance, and serves as an informational resource for the campus community, tribal populations, and the general public.

California-Nevada Public Health Training Center

The California-Nevada Public Health Training Center (CA-NV PHTC) is a consortium of public health schools and programs in California and Nevada that engages in training activities designed to strengthen the core competencies and capabilities of the public health workforce. The center works closely with public health organizations to provide a variety of different training opportunities, including:

Most trainings are offered at no charge to public health professionals.

Laboratories

The Environmental Health Laboratory (EHL)

The EHL was established in 2005 to contribute to our ability to analyze toxic contaminants in food, water, soil, and other media that directly impact human health. Some of the laboratory instrumentation available to students includes graphite furnace atomic absorption, cold vapor mercury analysis, x-ray fluorescence, combustion-based mercury analyzers, UV/VIS spectroscopy, and gas chromatography with mass spectral analysis. Several focal areas of the laboratory include the analysis of lead and mercury compounds in paint, soil, candy, fish, and other food items.

Emerging Disease Laboratory (EDL)

The Emerging Diseases Laboratory provides students the opportunity to conduct hands-on public health microbiology research. In addition to traditional microbiology laboratory equipment, sophisticated instrumentation includes an Applied Biosystems real-time polymerase chain reaction system for amplification and detection of target genes, a Vitek II compact for identification and antimicrobial susceptibility profiling, and the DiversiLab for bacterial strain typing. Current research includes surveillance of antibiotic resistant bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile, in healthcare facilities, and sampling and analysis of environmental microorganisms of public health concern.

Co-Directors

Patricia Cruz, Ph.D. and Mark P. Buttner, Ph.D.

Location

MPE 231-232

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CCSD/UNLV Pollen Monitoring Program

Airborne pollen is a health concern for many residents in Clark County. In 2013, the Clark County School District (CCSD) and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) established the Pollen Monitoring Program to provide local pollen and mold spore counts in Las Vegas. Regular monitoring and reporting of airborne pollen concentrations can help sensitive individuals prepare for or avoid exposure.

The Urban Air Quality Laboratory

Dedicated to protecting clean air resources for local and global communities, the Urban Air Quality Laboratory uses two Beta Ray Attenuation (BAM) monitors to measure the ambient air quality of UNLV and the area near the Las Vegas Strip. The two monitoring systems measure real-time community exposure levels and long-term air quality trends. It also allows advanced notice to the surrounding community of unhealthy air quality.

Programs and Initiatives

UNLV INBRE

Nevada INBRE, part of the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) program designed to help traditionally underfunded states build biomedical infrastructure. University of Nevada, Las vegas is a partner intuition of Nevada INBRE. The scope of UNLV INBRE focuses on:

  • attracting more researchers to engage in biomedical research at UNLV
  • mentoring junior faculty to conduct biomedical and translational research.
  • enhancing programs to train the next generation of biomedical researchers.

UNLV Health Law Program

The UNLV Health Law Program is a partnership between the William S. Boyd School of Law and the School of Community Health Sciences. The Program aims to create opportunities for faculty and students across UNLV’s campus and in our community to learn about the multiple connections between health and law.

Global Public Health and Implementation Science Initiative

The Global Health Initiative facilitates multidisciplinary collaboration among UNLV faculty, students and public health experts to reduce health disparity across the globe. This is accomplished this through implementation research, training, and program development in resource-limited settings, locally and globally.

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