MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (04/04/2023) — People around the globe will observe Minority Health Month in April to bring awareness to health disparities and to work towards improving the health of racial and ethnic minority communities.

University of Minnesota Medical School expert Rahel Nardos, MD, MCR speaks about the health disparities affecting minority groups in Minnesota and the work she is doing to level the playing field. 

Rahel Nardos, MD, MCR

“For most women, pregnancy and childbirth is a joyous and life enhancing experience. Unfortunately, this is not the case for all birthing people in Minnesota. Black and Native Indian/Alaskan Native Minnesotans have a two-to-three times higher risk of dying from pregnancy-related complications compared to white patients. They also carry a substantial burden of psychological and physical morbidities related to pregnancy and childbirth. This inequity manifests in many other women’s health areas as well. Our team is currently partnering with SoLaHMO, a community participatory action research group at the Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC). The group is made up of Somali, Latino/a/x, Hmong, Karen, Vietnamese, Native American, Black/African American and LGBTQ/Two Spirit community members and health care professionals in partnerships with academic researchers. We aim to engage young people, community leaders and those seeking women’s health care in immigrant communities in focused group conversations to understand barriers to care. Our focus is to identify community assets, such as youth, who can be empowered to serve as a bridge between their communities and the healthcare system.” 

Rahel Nardos, MD, MS, is an associate professor in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and the Director of Global Women's Health within the Center of Global Health and Social Responsibility. She hopes to support global and local partnerships that elevate women's health in underserved communities through interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations that strengthen health systems through education, research, clinical care and community outreach.


Rahel Nardos, MD, MCR

Associate professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School

Director of Global Women’s Health at the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility

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