One part of the Health Equity Work Group’s (HEWG) mission is giving greater visibility to health inequalities research at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and nationally.

As such, HEWG works with faculty to provide research opportunities and facilitate collaborations.

Currently, the HEWG does not have the capacity to facilitate student research projects. Students interested in actively participating in health equity research are encouraged to review our faculty affiliate page and reach out to faculty that have similar research interest. Students may also find projects open to students under the projects tab.

The three main research opportunities HEWG facilitates are:

  • Working with Faculty Affiliates to broaden health equity research at the University of Minnesota
  • Collaborating with the Program in Health Disparities Research to host an annual networking luncheon
  • Advertising health equity research projects that faculty members are working on

See the tabs under Research to learn more about Faculty Affiliates, the networking luncheon, and projects.

Health Equity Microgrants

Each year, the HEWG awards four $3,000 microgrants to support School of
Public Health junior faculty, postdocs, advanced doctoral students, and
Master’s students conducting health equity related research.

The funding for the microgrants are from the generous support of the Farley
Family Foundation.

Health Equity Pilot Grants

In 2022, HEWG launched the first health equity pilot grant program. The
pilot grants are two $25,000 grants to support health equity related research
that has the potential to lead to a larger study. This grant is designed to
encourage community-engaged and action-oriented research that leads to
programs, policies or practice change.

The funding for the pilot grants are from the SPH Dean’s Office.

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