About Addressing Campus Health Disparities »
In November 2012, the UHC announced a funding opportunity open to UNL Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) to develop programs to address health disparities on Campus.
Health disparities are gaps in the quality of health that reflect differences between groups, such as socioeconomic status, racial and ethnic background, or education level. These disparities may stem from many factors, including accessibility of health care, increased risk of disease from environmental factors, and increased risk of disease from underlying genetic, ethnic, or familiar factors.
The purpose of the award is to provide funding to RSOs who could identify a gap or a need on campus that would directly help students and reduce health disparities at UNL. The award has funding for up to ten (10) awards at up to $2000 to support the awarded RSOs' activities, events and programs that address health disparities at UNL. In addition, the Health Education and Outreach department of the UHC will provide ongoing support to the RSOs to ensure that the funded projects meet a mutually agreed upon level of success.
The UHC plays an active role in addressing and reducing health disparities on campus and these awards take our efforts to the next level. The awards also provide an opportunity to involve recognized student organizations in this important work.
An example of a successful health disparities program is the UHC’s diabetes screening program. For the past two years the UHC has collaborated with the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center to provide free screenings for diabetes, educational presentations and information on how to address the burden of diabetes. Many students who otherwise would not have access to this kind of opportunity are able to participate and discuss their results with a UHC medical provider, assess their health status and learn ways to either better manage diabetes or learn ways to modify behaviors to prevent the onset of diabetes.
The University Health Center (UHC) is pleased to award nearly $6,000 in funds to address health disparities on campus. We are excited about the opportunity to be able to expand the reach of the UHC’s resources and collaborate with the following UNL RSOs awarded projects:
- PREVENT: Agents of Change »will teach violence prevention education and bystander intervention, targeting the following seven groups: male students, rural students, LGBTQ students, students of color, students with disabilities, student athletes, and fraternity/sorority members. This funding will allow PREVENT to reach an additional 400 students. |«
- Men @ Nebraska »will educate male students and address hegemonic masculinity and male body image issues. This funding will allow Men @ Nebraska to reach an additional 1,000 students. |«
- Psychology of Gender Student Organization »will educate women of color about a healthy body image and psychological well-being for women through their reconstructing Barbie outreach and impact program. This funding will allow PGSO to reach an additional 150 students. |«
Congratulations to each of these RSOs. The UHC is excited to be able to provide this opportunity to empower you to make a positive difference and impact on campus.