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.
Our Operating Values
Social Justice and Racial Equity
We seek to create systems change that centers and champions diverse and marginalized
perspectives. Our commitment to social justice and racial equity guide our decisions regarding
hiring, programs and activities, partnerships, and budget priorities.
Communities are at the center of what we do. We nurture equitable and mutually beneficial
community-driven and community-centered collaborations based on integrity, authenticity,
transparency, and fairness.
Translating Community Knowledge into Action
We believe community expertise and knowledge are integral (essential) to eliminating health
disparities. Through collaborative research and dissemination, we co-produce knowledge that
generates meaningful action to advance health equity.
10 strategic initiatives for a 3 year plan
In the first year we have started with the following 5 initiatives:
1) Establish and act consistently with PHDR operating values
2) Deepen PHDR cohesion between its board, faculty, and staff
3) Visibility, Convening, and Connecting: Elevate PHDR visibility within the university and Medical School
4) Dissemination: Become national leaders in Community-centered Dissemination
5) Research: Expand interdisciplinary extramural funding
We will continue to work on the current initiatives in addition to remaining initiatives for years 2-3:
6) Visibility, Convening, and Connecting: Connect PHDR and communities through community-engaged research
7) Community engagement, Support, and Partnerships: Utilize community-engaged research to promote health equity in communities and support communities in capacity building
8) Provide training and workshops for community and academic partners in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Community-centered Dissemination (CCD), and other health equity topics
9) Develop and implement a policy plan that promotes and embodies health equity.
10) Better understand and evaluate the impact of PHDR programs and activities
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.