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Convergence Colloquia

Health Equity

The health equity colloquium brought together experts, practitioners and community leaders from across the U and state to hold a focused dialogue about how we can further address health equity in our institutions, among health care professionals, and communities.

Read the report: Health Equity

Serendipity grants awarded

Planning Grant: Introducing an Epidemiologic Lens to Primary Care Providers – Examining the Effects of Exposing Frontline Providers to Demographic Data on Their Patient Panels

Kathleen Call, PhD, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health (PI)

U of M Collaborators: Kathleen Harder, Director, Center for Design in Health, College of Design; Brooke Cunningham, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Medical School; and Tetyana Shippee, Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health

External Collaborators: Dimpho Orionzi, Research Associate, Allina Health (Co-PI); Heather Britt, Director, Division of Applied Research, Allina Health; Pamela Mink, Managing Scientist, Allina Health; Abbey Sidebottom, Managing Scientist, Allina Health; and Dylan Galos, Research Assistant, Allina Health

In 2016, Allina Health will implement a health equity intervention in its primary care clinics to promote the role of healthcare in reducing disparities. Clinic operational leadership will be given outcomes data by clinic patient demographics (race, ethnicity, language, gender, financial class). The project includes a planning process for a study to run concurrently with the implementation of the standard health equity intervention. After this planning process, the research team will seek a larger funding source for implementation of the full study. The research team will develop a research plan, partner with Allina Health Equity Steering Committee members to develop an implementation plan and involve frontline providers in the conceptualization of the intervention.

The research team proposes to randomly assign clinics to receiving either: 1) the new standard equity intervention; or 2) the new standard intervention plus individual provider-level patient panel demographics. Further, a random subset of clinics receiving provider panel demographics will be offered an opportunity to engage in a discussion series about their patient panel demographics. Frontline providers’ knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about patient demographics and impact of demographics on health outcomes will be evaluated pre- and post-intervention to test for change across all study conditions.

Come Step in It: Real Talk about Race

Brooke Cunningham, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Medical School (PI)

U of M Collaborators: Teddie Potter, Associate Professor, Director of Inclusivity, School of Nursing (Co-PI); Makeda Zulu-Gillespie, Director of Community Outreach, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (Co-PI); Michele Allen, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Medical School; Diana Burgess, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Medical School and Veteran’s Administration Medical Center; Mickey Eder, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Enid Logan, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology; Anne Phibbs, Director of Education, Office Equity and Diversity; David Satin, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Medical School; and Julie Showers, Director, Office for Conflict Resolution

External Collaborators: Atum Azzahir, Executive Director, Cultural Wellness Center (Co-PI); Rachel Hardeman, Assistant Professor, Health Care Policy and Research, Mayo Clinic (Co-PI); Julie Nielsen, Director of Innovation Group, Northpoint (Co-PI); Antonia Wilcoxon, Director of Community Relations, Minnesota Department of Human Services (Co-PI); Jeremiah Ellis, Director of Partnership and Outreach, Generation Next; Coral Garner, Director of Adolescent Health, City of Minneapolis; Daniel Huff, Director of Environmental Health, City of Minneapolis; Monica Hurtado, Racial Justice and Health Equity Organizer, Voices for Racial Justice; Olivia Jefferson, Center for Prevention, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota; Stephen Nelson, Director, Hemoglobinopathy Program, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; Patina Park, Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center; and Sharon Sayles Belton, Vice President of Government and Community Relations, Thompson Reuters

This project seeks to develop and pilot test an intervention to promote effective dialogues around race and racism in the workplace. To accomplish this, the team engages an interdisciplinary group of experts, which include faculty from the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic and external collaborators. The collaboration among team members will foster new partnerships and capacity to support future activities.

The team will use its collective expertise and experiences in research, community engagement, antiracism, and group facilitation to develop an intervention to promote critical conversations about race and racism. This project has four phases: content development, interracial group process, content refinement, and pilot testing. In the first phase, the team will purposefully “center on the margins” by prioritizing the knowledge and experiences of people of color, both principal investigators and participants.

The team will pilot the intervention with nursing and medical students, working health care professionals, and/or biomedical and health services researchers, and will collect pre-and post-data from them.