Experts in the Field of Minority Health Disparities

UNL’s Minority Health Disparities Initiative, funded through the Nebraska Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund, seeks to eliminate race- and ethnicity-based health disparities in Nebraska and beyond. Researchers involved with the initiative have studied health disparities affecting native-born Mexicans, the LGBT community, Native Americans, women and others. The initiative intends to build a community of researchers with active interest in minority health and health disparities, increase participation of minority scholars at all levels in health-related research and encourage emerging health scholars to pursue a research career in minority health disparities.


Rick Bevins is a member of the Minority Health Disparities Initiative leadership team. His research program bridges areas of neuroscience, pharmacology, animal learning and cognition, psychology and immunology. He uses animal models as a tool to elucidate factors involved in the etiology of drug abuse.