UCARE: Undergraduate Creative Activities & Research Experiences


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Poster presentation, UCARE Research Fair, Spring 2020, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright 2020 by the authors.


According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there is a 70 percent rise in the number of overdose cases arriving at emergency departments in the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) since August 2016. The construction industry alone has attributed almost 1,000 deaths to opioid overdoses. This fast-moving epidemic is taking many Nebraska rural communities by surprise.

The goal of this project was to work directly with Professor Colleen Syron, the Communications Director for this project, for translation and dissemination for broader impacts.

This UCare grant project established a public-facing identity for the project and created a project website for the dissemination of research evidence. We strived to build the reputation of the Center as a trusted information resource through the creation and use of the website and dissemination materials we created. We believe that in these ways the general public can now be more educated on the epidemic that is affecting the rural communities that we call home.

Research in its raw form can be hard to disseminate to the general public The students Hixon-Lied College of fine and performing arts strived to achieve this research dissemination an important building block to future huskers that follow behind us who seek to engage in the research community.