MNCCORE Disparities Forum


Video Conference 




Pinar Karaca-Mandic, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Sarah Kesler, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, PhD

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Disparities exist in healthcare at all levels. Minnesota remains a state with high-quality healthcare unless the data are stratified by race... The disparities gap is extremely wide in our state and across the country. Furthermore, COVID-19 has provided a platform in which disparities are widened and research activity from many disciplines has all focused on a similar exposure (COVID-19). While the realities of this are appalling, we feel it's also an opportunity to rebound from the 2 steps backward and take a giant leap forward as an institution in our goal of achieving healthcare equity.

The Minnesota Critical Care Outcomes & Research Effort (MNCCORE), UMN Center for Clinical Quality and Outcomes and Evaluation (C-QODE) and the department of surgery Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research Team are sponsoring this Forum.

Different disciplines of researchers across the state operate within their own networks attacking this crisis from different angles? (e.g. Healthcare Providers, Sociologists, Public Health Researchers, Economists, etc...) As clinician-scientists, we hope to bring experts from different realms of healthcare disparities research together to leverage the different worldviews we operate within. While we work within these silos and make progress; we feel that breaking down these research silos will create opportunities to bridge gaps from the population level down to the individual patient. What: This forum would allow these different disciplines to come together and participate in a group discussion with the following objectives.


Session 1

1a) Share results

→ quick presentations surrounding what we have found through our respective Investigations

1b) Share resources

→ acknowledge what data each person has available and if there are potential synergistic collaborations that may follow.

1c) Next steps

→ what investigations are needed to better inform change and ensure we have the resources at the following meeting.

→ how can we collaborate efficiently and leverage each other's strengths?





Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 2:00pm