The Health Disparities Work Group mission is to give greater visibility to health inequalities research at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and nationally; develop collaborations with faculty and community partners; and ensure SPH students are well trained to work in a diverse society. The HDWG meets quarterly and welcomes new members.

For more information about joining the Work Group, please contact the co-chairs:

Kathleen Call (see bio)

Rhonda Jones-Webb (see bio)

Sign-up for the work group

Interdisciplinary Concentration

Attention students: As of spring semester 2013, the Health Disparities Interdisciplinary Concentration has reduced its minimum credit requirement of 7 credits of classes, plus a one-credit Capstone Seminar in Health Disparities.

News & Announcements 

University of Minnesota study finds racial disparities in quality of life in Minnesota nursing homes

The study, conducted by lead author and Health Policy and Management assistant professor Tetyana Shippee, was covered by both the Star Tribune and KSTP ABC 5 News.

Health Disparities Work Group Summer Picnic

We will gather on Northrop Plaza to enjoy lunch, company, and plan for the upcoming academic year. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

When: Friday, July 17 12:30pm-2:00pm

Where: Northrop Plaza

Please RSVP to garyx048@umn.edu by Monday, July 13

MIRA Seeking Volunteers

MIRA is seeking volunteers to serve as English tutors, computer coaches, and day care assistants. If you are interested, please contact MIRA at Maribel.Escobar@miraresources.org.

For more information, please visit: http://www.miraresources.org/

Dr. Kathleen Call Receives President’s Community-Engaged Scholar Award

The Community-Engaged Scholar Award recognizes faculty who strive to partner with the public and private sector to address social issues. Dr. Call’s research focuses on measuring health insurance coverage and assessing how it relates to health care access and barriers for culturally diverse, immigrant, young and low-income populations. Full article.

Cancer Related Health Disparities Education and Career Development Program

The University of Minnesota Schools of Public Health and Medicine are excited to announce the
availability of a postdoctoral research education fellowship position in Cancer Disparities. This program is focused on training researchers to develop and evaluate interventions and
policies to reduce cancer-related inequities among disadvantaged populations in both clinical
and population settings, using a Community Based Participatory Research framework.

The program also intends to enhance the diversity of the research workforce in this area by
recruiting individuals from underrepresented/disadvantaged populations. Fellows will collaborate with a dynamic, federally funded, multi-disciplinary team of investigators including psychologists, physicians, epidemiologists, and statisticians, and with cultural community organizations with a history of community-university research partnerships to address community-identified problems.

For more information on how to apply please contact Lindsey Fabian (fabian@umn.edu).

Student Spotlight 

Indie LewisIndie Lewis is originally from Alexandria, Virginia, though she grew up largely in California. She is currently pursuing an MPH degree in Public Health Administration and Policy with an interdisciplinary concentration in Health Disparities. Indie completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota in 2014. Outside of class, Indie volunteers with Boynton Health Service as Co-Chair of the Student Health Advisory Committee, and also works as a volunteer researcher with Dr. Alex Iantaffi on health issues in the queer community.

Indie first gained interest in addressing health disparity issues in her undergraduate career, as they worked with the Queer Student Cultural Center combating stigma on campus while upholding safe space policies. She has also had the benefit of studying abroad, where she examined holistic healing alongside traditional biomedical methods. Indie has a vested interest in health programs and policy in both the LGBTQIA+ and military communities, especially around mental and sexual health. These interests are directly influenced by the volunteer and internship work she experienced throughout her collegiate career. The health disparities concentration has built her understanding of public health and how to grow community discourse and engagement. The intersectional aspect of the health disparities concentration also appealed to Indie, as it expands the context through which health is examined and improved.

In the future, Indie is interested in either working for the US government or for a non-profit agency with a focus on community health programs and policy. She hopes to spend time experiencing and continually learning more about community based programs, and how to best create and implement policy changes based off of current needs.