To eliminate health inequities in Minnesota and beyond.
The Program in Health Disparities Research, headed by Dr. Michele Allen, is housed within the University of Minnesota Medical School.
- Create a supportive academic home for outstanding health disparities researchers. (2016/17 Objectives 1.4, 1.5, 2.2)
- Engage communities in initiatives aimed at reducing health inequities. (2016/17 Objectives 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 2.2)
- Build interdisciplinary collaborations within the University of Minnesota and beyond to advance the understanding and elimination of health inequities. (2016/17 Objective 3.3)
- Conduct cutting-edge, extramurally-funded research that focuses on the independent and combined effects of biological, behavioral, social, community, and policy determinants of health disparities. (2016/17 Objectives 1.1, 1.2)
- Develop the next generation of health disparity researchers through high-quality mentoring and training. (2016/17 Objectives 1.4, 2.2)
- Support and expand diverse academic and community educational programs focusing on health inequities. (2016/17 Objectives 1.4 , 2.2)
- Promote an organizational emphasis on meaningful research with potential for high community impact. (2016/17 Objectives 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 3.1, 3.2)
The Program in Health Disparities Research is driven to improve health for all through research, education, community engagement and policy. We are dedicated to:
- Innovative solutions
- Investment in authentic partnerships
- Making a meaningful impact
We also understand that improving health for all is a true team effort. Therefore, we are committed to conducting cutting-edge research in partnership with our local communities.
Through the Health Equity in Policy Initiative, Program in Health Disparities Research seeks to bridge the information gaps, which exist between underserved communities, researchers, and decision makers through policy initiatives that promote the health and safety priorities of its community partners.
Health Equity in Policy Initiative (HEPI)
Health Equity in Policy Initiative (HEPI) is a component of the Program in Health Disparities Research at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Marilyn S. "Susie" Nanney, PhD, HEPI Director
Michele Allen, MD, MS, PHDR Interim Director
Our mission is to bridge persistent information gaps between researchers, communities and policy-making bodies, specifically related to health disparities.
- To leverage community and research for a collective voice to inform more equitable and effective health policies.
- To support researchers in the generating of evidence to support health equity in all policy.
- To engage communities in using research and personal stories to share concerns and recommendations with decision makers to support health equity in all policy.
Just Released - Economic Benefit of Achieving Health Equity in Minnesota
Citation: Allen M, Myers S, Ahmed H, Durfee T, Kent K, Moua V, Xu M, Wilcoxon, A, Nanney MS. (2018). Economic Benefit of Achieving Health Equity in Minnesota (Technical Report). University of Minnesota Health Equity in Policy Initiative. Available at https://www.med.umn.edu/healthdisparities/policy
- Health Equity in Policy Initiative (HEPI) Postcard
- Hear From our Community: Two-Spirit / Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Communities of Color in Minneapolis
- Hear From our Community: Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood in Minneapolis
- Hear From our Community: Little Earth / Phillips Neighborhood in Minneapolis
- Short Oral Presenter. Marilyn S. Nanney, Khalid Adam, Huda Ahmed, Sarah Gollust
- Safe Routes to School Legislation: What do underserved communities want decision makers to know? International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Edinburgh, Scotland. June 6, 2015.
- Oral Presention. Marilyn S. Nanney. Connecting Under-represented Communities to Legislators on Active Living Policy Discussions. 2015 MN Academy of Family Physicians Research Forum. Bloomington, MN. March, 14, 2015.
- Invited Presentation. Marilyn S. Nanney & Roxanne Anderson. Public Spaces and Active Transportation. What the LGBTQ Two-Spirit Communities of Color Want Decision Makers to Know. University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality. Minneapolis, MN. January 14, 2015.
- Poster Presenter. Huda Ahmed, Khalid Adams & Marilyn S. Nanney. Hear Our Voices: A Case Study Connecting Under-represented Communities to Legislators on Safe Routes to School. Engaging Communities for Change. Alberta, Canada. October 7, 2014.
- Invited Presentation. Roxanne Anderson and Marilyn S. Nanney. Public Spaces: Challenges and Recommendations to Decision Makers from the LGBTQ & Two-Spirit Communities of Color. Trans Health Equity Conference. Minneapolis, MN. September 25, 2014.
- Invited Presentation. Sarah Gollust & Marilyn S. Nanney. Addressing Childhood Obesity: Policy Options and Lessons from a Policy-University Collaboration. National Conference of State Legislatures – National Caucus of Native American State Legislators. Minneapolis, MN. August 18, 2014.
Our team welcomes all opportunities to share more about the project process and findings. For inquiries, please contact email@example.com.