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Resources for Advancing Equity & Public Health

This collaboration between Health Equity Work Group, EDIT and Diversity Matters works to encourage students, faculty and staff to practice health equity in their personal and professional lives.

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PubMed Search

Use our PubMed search to retrieve articles that focus on health disparities.

Health Disparities Statistics and Trends

Check out the NIMHD’s widget. It provides an easy way to find health disparities data related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). LHIs are critical health issues that when addressed will help reduce the leading causes of death and preventable illnesses.

Conversations on Health Equity Video Series

Check out the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)’s Conversations on Health Equity, a public policy video series that explores major policy issues in the public debate over how to best address health inequities in the mid-Atlantic region and nationally.

Faculty Resources

The Equity and Diversity Certificate helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. It’s free of charge and open to students, faculty, and staff on all campuses of the University of Minnesota. Certificate courses will be offered every semester as well as during the summer on the Twin Cities campus. Contact Ralph Blanco ( or 612-625-8680) with questions about the Certificate, or visit the Certificate Program webpage.

Two workshops, specifically designed for faculty and instructors, will be offered each semester. The workshops are “Teaching with Intention: Facilitating Challenging Conversations in the Classroom” and “Identifying and Challenging Implicit Bias in Faculty Search Committees”.  Registration information can be found on the Office of Equity and Diversity Faculty Development website.

The Program in Health Disparities Research is housed within the Medical School at the University of Minnesota. The program’s goal is to eliminate health inequalities through collaborative research, innovative education, and trusted community partnerships.

Peer Mentors are faculty members in the Academic Health Center with expertise in health equity research who are willing to serve as a resource or informal mentor to other faculty. Selected peer mentors were identified by students as excelling in the area of including health equity discussions in the classroom. Peer mentors can be called upon by faculty who teach core MPH classes (i.e., core courses) to help troubleshoot solutions to issues that arise in the classroom, suggest readings or speakers and help answer specific questions on course syllabi pertaining to the mentors expertise. The following faculty members will serve as peer mentors:

Zobeida Bonilla,

Kathleen Call, (Not available for academic year 2020/2021)

Janette Dill,

Sarah Gollust,

Stuart Grande,

Rachel Hardeman,

Rhonda Jones-Webb,

Katy Kozhimannil, (Not available for academic year 2020/2021)

Jennifer Linde,

Sayeh Nikpay,

Carolyn Porta,

The following class norms are from the syllabus for PA 5004. We suggest the norms be included in the syllabus to provide students with a basis for how to conduct conversations within the classroom. The norms should be reviewed during the first class period and then revisited during the second class period to allow students time to consider the norms and offer additional suggestions.

  • Be hard on problems and solutions, not on people. Challenge others’ positions in the spirit of appreciative inquiry.
  • Listen to others carefully, respectfully and with empathy.
  • Allow time and space for all to speak who wish to speak.
  • Don’t assume that a person’s ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, etc. defines their views on a topic we are discussing. Nor should you assume that anyone in the class automatically serves as a spokesperson for any particular group.

Community Organizations by Topic

Use our list of community organizations to identify potential speakers working in the health-related field, research the intersection of health and other related topics, and explore new communities in your neighborhoods. For students, this resource may be a great tool to explore organizations and ask for informational sessions to learn more.

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