Ira Combs, RN, BS

community liaison nurse coordinator

Center for Reducing Health Disparities
College of Public Health
Baker Place
5050 Ames Ave.
Omaha, NE 68104
Phone: (402) 559-3813
Fax: (402) 595-1459
Email: icombs@unmc.edu

Ira F. Combs is the Community Liaison Nurse Coordinator for the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In this role, he serves as a liaison between the African American community and UNMC, developing relationships in the community, facilitating health care services aimed primarily at screening and interventions for minority and the underserved population. Combining his medical knowledge with his marketing and computer skills, Combs also developed the “Many-Mini Health Fair” and “Minority Focused Marketing” concept for the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

In 1974, Combs received a B.A. from Grace College of the Bible and a CDA from Iowa Western Community College. He received an EMT-Paramedic certificate from Creighton University (1988), a B.S. in health care management from Trinity University and an ADN from Metro Community College (1991). Combs underwent advance nurses training in the intensive care unit at St. Joseph Hospital (1992), where he also received his peritoneal dialysis nurse certification (1993). He is BLS certified, NHS certified in chemotherapy administration/oncology nursing, ACLS certified and was an ACLS instructor (1992-1995).

As founder and volunteer director of the all-volunteer health organization, Omahealth, Inc., which offers free health screenings and education programs, Combs’ responsibilities include coordinating operations; editing NOAH, a monthly newsletter; designing the web page; and producing a monthly cable health program, “Dr. Jesse & the Prevention Gang.”

Since 2001, Combs has participated as a speaker or abstract for several medical organizations, including Oncology Nursing Society Congress (2001, 2002, 2004); Bi-Annual Intercultural Cancer Conference (2002, 2004); Nebraska Nursing State of the Art (2002, 2003); Oncology Nurse Conference (2004); Institute of Learning for Oncology Nursing Society (2003); National Black Nurses Association (2004); and Public Health Association of Nebraska Conference (2006). He was named Citizen of the Year in 2003 by Omega Si Phi; and in 2005. My Sister’s Keeper presented him with its Passion and Commitment Award, and he also received Community Nurse of the Year Award 2007 from the Omaha Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association.