Nebraska DHHS, Douglas County Health Department Team up with 4Urban.Org and Charles Drew Center for North Omaha Online Town Hall

News Release
For Immediate Release: 2/23/2021

Jeff Powell, (402) 471-6223,


Lincoln, Neb. – In an ongoing effort to reach out to the African American community, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Douglas County Health Department are teaming up with 4Urban.Org, and the Charles Drew Health Center in North Omaha.

Founded by Preston Love Jr., the Institute for Urban Development, otherwise known as 4Urban.Org is committed to being a thought leader in developing urban communities through community engagement, economic growth, leadership growth, and get out the vote initiatives. informs, educates, and acts to raise the quality of life for all with an emphasis in the economically disadvantaged, diverse, and muti-ethnic populations. As a think tank, curates, commissions and publishes innovative research and studies for practical urban development initiatives.

The gradual decline in the availability of medical services for the North Omaha community in the 1970's provided the stimulus for the creation of the Charles Drew Health Center in 1983. Since then, the center has provided needed health care to families of all ages, color, and financial need.

The town hall will provide a space where residents can receive accurate information from public health and medical officials regarding the various vaccines for a population that is twice as likely to contract, four times as likely to be hospitalized, and three times as likely to die from COVID-19. 

This also provides an opportunity for public health agencies and officials to increase trust within the African American community. 


Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 5:00 PM


  • Preston Love Jr., Founder 4Urban.Org
  • Kenny McMorris, CEO of Charles Drew Health Center
  • CEO Dannette R. Smith, DHHS
  • Dr. Adi Pour, Douglas County Health Director
  • Dr. Renuga Vivekanandan, CHI Health
  • Shanda Ross, MSN, RN, Nebraska Medicine

 Where: Webex Event Meeting

Event number: 187 832 7038

Event Password: DMeWMiDR332

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