Raising Awareness of Health Professionals Education Among Rural Nebraska Latino Youth

Research & Engagement, 2016


Health professions shortages represent a challenge to the sustainability of rural communities. While there are insufficient rural health professionals in general, Latinos are virtually absent from this workforce. This study will develop strategies to raise awareness of health professions education among rural Nebraska Latino high school and college students, resulting in increased numbers of Latino youth who pursue health professions.


Patrik Johansson (PI), Rural Health Education Network, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Judy Ritta (Co-PI) Nebraska Area Health Education Center (AHEC)


University of Nebraska at Kearney
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
Central Community College
Doane College
Grand Island Latino Leadership Group
Grand Island Senior High
St. Francis Hospital
Department of Health and Human Services

Contact: Patrik Johansson, pjohansson@unmc.edu