Our Collaborators

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Ultimately, we are collaborators. We work with others outside our office across the medical school and University, as well as our clinical and community partnerships, to connect the dots and ensure we are addressing issues of inequities, bias and discrimination in our clinical programs, recruiting, curriculum and research. The following programs, centers, groups and committees also offer a variety of resources and connection points for faculty, staff and learners.

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Program in Health Disparities Research

Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR) promotes health equity through collaborative research, innovative education and trusted partnerships. A highlight is the Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring Program.

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Women’s Health Research Program

This program aims to increase the number of independently funded researchers who advance scientific knowledge in women’s health and wellness across the lifespan and in sex/gender differences in health and disease. 

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Program in Human Sexuality

Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) is a nationally and internationally recognized center for sexual and gender health education conducting bio-psycho- social gender and sexuality research, developing, providing and promoting evidence-based clinical care, and advocating for sexual and gender rights.

HOPE Commission

HOPE Commission is an acknowledgment that M Health Fairview must improve itself to produce more equitable health care outcomes for all of our patients. Commissioners Dr. Taj Mustapha, Diane Tran, and Dr. Christopher Warlick serve as executive champions to engage our joint clinical enterprise in creating an equitable culture, practices and outcomes.

Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

The CTSI / Medical School Early Career Research Award is given to increase the diversity of tenure-track faculty through dedicated funding in support of the recruitment of URM early-career research faculty members. CTSI also oversees other career development and funding opportunities.

Masonic Cancer Center

The Masonic Cancer Center has several opportunities for the career development and support of underrepresented minorities.

Staff Advancing Diversity & Inclusion (SADI) Committee

The SADI Committee identifies, creates and supports initiatives to advance the values of equity, diversity and inclusion for staff in the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Twin Cities & Duluth Diversity Offices

The U of M Office for Equity & Diversity (OED) and the Duluth Office of Diversity & Inclusion increase access to higher education by advocating for members of our community and emphasizing the importance of diversity in promoting learning and development at the U of M.

Disability Resources

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) works to ensure that all University faculty, staff and students have access and equal opportunities to enjoy campus life. UReturn, a division of the DRC, serves all University employees with any disability or medical condition requiring accommodations or workstation adjustments. Disability Resources at the U of M Duluth works to create an inclusive environment for all students by providing accommodations, empowering students to become self-advocates and by educating the campus community.

Diversity Community of Practice

The U of M Diversity Community of Practice (DCoP) is a grassroots systemwide community of faculty and staff who meet monthly via Zoom to develop and leverage personal, professional, and technical expertise, effectively creating innovative strategies that ensure successful implementation of equity and diversity goals at the U of M.

Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy

The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) works to transform the University of Minnesota by enhancing the visibility and productivity of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and community scholars. Resources include: faculty research grants; sponsorship of symposia and lectures; faculty workshops; mentorship; and professional development opportunities for junior American-Indian faculty and faculty of color.