Summer Picnic

Friday, May 31st, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Northrop Plaza (outside) 


We will beholding our annual Summer Picnic on Friday, May 31st from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Northrop Plaza.

Lunch will be provided.

We will be debriefing the activities of this year, identifying more opportunities for involvement, and planning for the following year. Help us set our agenda and priorities for 2019-2020!

RSVP here (recommended, but not required to attend).

Health Disparities Round Table – Immigration Policy Reform: Implications for Public Health Practice.


Date: Friday, April 5th, 8:15am- 11:30am

Location: Coffman Memorial Union Theatre 

The Health Disparities Round Table is an annual event at the end of Public Health Week. The purpose of the round table is to bring national and local speakers to campus to discuss emerging issues in health and racial equity research, policy and/or practice.

This year’s event will discuss the impact of current approaches to immigration policy on public health and healthcare delivery systems. Speakers will focus on addressing what policy reforms or interventions are needed to improve the health of immigrant populations affected by current U.S. immigration policy.


  • Dr. Maria Veronica Svetaz, MPH. Medical Director, Aqui Para Ti/Here for You, Hennepin Healthcare; Faculty, Department of Family and Community Health, University of Minnesota School of Medicine.
  • Kathryn P. Derose, Ph.D., MPH. Senior Policy Research, The RAND Corporation; Professor of Health Policy, Pardee RAND Graduate School.
  • Stephen Meili, JD, MA, Director, Immigration and Human Rights Clinic; James H Binger Professor in Clinical Law, University of Minnesota Law School.

Moderated by Jack DeWaard, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Event sponsor(s)The School of Public Health: Dean’s Office; Health Equity Work Group; Program in Health Disparities Research, Medical School; Clinical and Translational Science Institute; Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health.

For disability accommodations contact

Spring General Meeting

Location: Mayo Building & Additions, Room A110  

With Dr. Jamie Slaughter-Acey

We will beholding our Spring General Meeting on Thursday, January 31st from 12:45-2:15pm in Mayo A110. We have the pleasure having Dr. Jamie Slaughter-Acery present some of her recent work. She is a new faculty member in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. Her research primarily focuses on environment (social and physical) and psychosocial factors that contribute to women’s health across the life course, with an emphasis on the maternal-child health of marginalized/underserved populations. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Slaughter-Acey to the School of Public Health during our Spring General Meeting. Light drinks and refreshments will be provided.

RSVP here (recommended, but not required to attend).

Health Disparities Case Competition!

Friday, December 7th from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: Mayo Building & Additions, Room A110  

In partnership with Minnesota Department of Health.

Providing Solutions for the Current State of Immigrant Health Inequities

The problem topic revolves around immigrant health and health equity. This event is open to all students (graduate and undergraduate) and all departments. We encourage students to seek diverse and interdisciplinary teams of 2-4 individuals.

Winners will each receive a $10 gift card!

Registration for this event closes November 25th at 11:59 pm for groups. If you are signing up alone and looking to be matched to other individuals to create a team, please submit your registration no later than Friday, November 23rd. We will try our best to match you to other individuals with similar ideas.

The short case will be made available November 26th.

Register online at or email

Welcome to NICHE: Networking Intentionally to Create Health Equity!

We will be holding our annual networking event for faculty, staff, and post-docs on  Friday, November 30th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Location: Molecular and Cellular Biology Room  2-122).  

In partnership with the Program in Health Disparities Research at the School of Medicine.

Join us for an afternoon of building connections. This will be an opportunity to:

  • Meet other faculty and postdocs who are engaged in health equity research
  • Reconnect with colleagues
  • Meet new potential collaborators
  • Grow exciting nascent ideas

The event begins at 2pm, but individuals are encouraged to drop in from 3-4pm if they are unable to attend the whole event.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

This event is open to faculty, staff, and postdocs at the University of Minnesota. who are interested in health equity and disparities research.

Please RSVP if you are able to attend the meeting. If you have questions, feel free to email the HEWG RA at

We look forward to seeing you at NICHE!

The Health Equity Work Group General Fall Meeting!

To begin the year, we will be holding our Fall General meeting on Wednesday, October 3rd from 11:30-12:45 p.m. (Location: Moos Tower 2-520).  

The Center for Health Equity at the Minnesota Department of Health will be guiding a discussion of the latest Statewide Health Assessment. Our discussion of the assessment will focus on how “belonging” shapes our health, at both the individual and community levels.

In prepration for the activity and discussion, please review the following items:

2017 Minnesota Statewide Health Assessment: A Brief Overview

Video: What is your health equity story?

General meetings are open to all members of the organization, including faculty, staff, and students. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP if you are able to attend the meeting. If you have questions, feel free to email the HEWG RA at

We look forward to seeing you at our Fall General Meeting!

Health Disparities Round Table 2018: Incarceration: A Public Health Issue

Friday, April 6th, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Coffman Memorial Union Theater

The Health Disparities Round Table brings national and local experts to campus to discuss emerging issues in health and racial equity research, policy and/or practice.

This year’s event focuses on strategies to prevent individuals from entering the criminal justice system, and examines what can be done to reduce the impact of incarceration on the health of family members.

Light Breakfast and Poster Session: 9-9:30am

Keynote Speakers:

Shay Bilchik, B.S., J.D., Directory and Founder for the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

Lee Buckley, M.A., Community Reentry Coordinator, Reentry Services, Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds, J.D., Ph.D., a renowned civil rights attorney, ordained Reverend, and national expert on issues at the intersections of race, public policy, economic justice, public education, juvenile justice, and the criminal justice system.

Moderated by:

Rebecca J. Shlafer, Ph.D., MPH

2.5 CPH recertification credits and 0.25 CEUs
**Registration is required. Please click here to register.


Registration is required. Please click here to register. 


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