UMN School of Public Health establishes new center for anti-racism research – The Minnesota Daily

UMN School of Public Health establishes new center for anti-racism research – The Minnesota Daily

With a $5 million grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity will advance racial health equity through research and community-centered action.

Courtesy of Dr. Rachel Hardeman

In February, the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health received a $5 million grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to create the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity.

The vision behind the center was formed by Dr. Rachel Hardeman, a tenured associate professor in the School of Public Health Division of Health Policy and Management. She will be the founding director of the center to advance racial health equity through research and community-centered action.

Hardeman said in an email to the Minnesota Daily that during middle school and high school, she spent evenings and weekends going to doctors’ appointments with her grandmother, who suffered from kidney failure.

She added that her grandmother experienced discrimination and indifference from her medical providers. Eventually, she decided to stop treatment that was keeping her alive.

“At age 16, I lost my grandmother because she was tired of dealing with a health care system that didn’t seem to care about her,” she said in her email. “This is why I went to school at the University of Minnesota and now work here: to influence our systems to do better by our…

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