The Program in Health Disparities Research, headed by Dr. Michele Allen, is housed within the University of Minnesota Medical School.


To eliminate health inequities in Minnesota and beyond.


To promote health equity through collaborative research, innovative education and trust partnerships.


Our team (from left to right). Bottom row: Michelle Gin, Caitlin Caspi, Kola Okuyemi, Ora Hokes, Michele Allen. Middle row: Kristin Eide, Cari Clark, Elizabeth Allen, Susie Nanney, Amy Shanafelt. Top row: John Loftus, Enyinanna Merengwa, Diego Garcia-Huidobro, Colleen Doyle, Olamide Ojo-Fati, Charles R. Rogers, Pat Hammett and Sue Everson-Rose.

Overarching Goals

  1. Create a supportive academic home for outstanding health disparities researchers. (2016/17 Objectives 1.4, 1.5, 2.2)
  2. Engage communities in initiatives aimed at reducing health inequities. (2016/17 Objectives 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 2.2)
  3. Build interdisciplinary collaborations within the University of Minnesota and beyond to advance the understanding and elimination of health inequities. (2016/17 Objective 3.3)
  4. Conduct cutting-edge, extramurally-funded research that focuses on the independent and combined effects of biological, behavioral, social, community, and policy determinants of health disparities. (2016/17 Objectives 1.1, 1.2)
  5. Develop the next generation of health disparity researchers through high-quality mentoring and training. (2016/17 Objectives 1.4, 2.2)
  6. Support and expand diverse academic and community educational programs focusing on health inequities. (2016/17 Objectives 1.4 , 2.2)
  7. Promote an organizational emphasis on meaningful research with potential for high community impact. (2016/17 Objectives 1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 3.1, 3.2)

Download our 2016/2017 goal and objectives

Our Approach

Improving health for all: Innovate, Invest, ImpactThe Program in Health Disparities Research is driven to improve health for all through research, education, community engagement and policy. We are dedicated to:

  • Innovative solutions
  • Investment in authentic partnerships
  • Making a meaningful impact

We also understand that improving health for all is a true team effort. Therefore, we are committed to conducting cutting-edge research in partnership with our local communities.

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