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Office for Equity in Research

Office for Equity in Research


The experience of disease in the United States can vary greatly by individual characteristics and between demographic groups and geographies.  The combination of individual (non)clinical characteristics, unequal distribution of resources and patterns of social relations impact the incidence and prevalence of illness and disease as well as the availability and efficacy of treatments.  Such characteristics include, but are not limited to:

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Biological sex
  • Criminal justice exposure
  • Economic status
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Language
  • Pregnancy status
  • Race
  • Urbanicity and rurality

The purpose of the Office for Equity in Research (OER) is to help HHRI and Hennepin Healthcare best meet their shared goal of improving equity in research by investing in a coordinated approach to reduce barriers and facilitate health equity research by engaging with BIPOC and underserved communities in a more in-depth manner.  OER strives to make HHRI the premier community engaged research institute in the Twin Cities.

Model of community engaged campus from Andrew Furco
Model of community engaged campus from Andrew Furco

OER will lead the work across the Hennepin Healthcare System to connect efforts to improve health equity, define and drive strategy, and advocate for resources to expand the HHRI equity-focused and community-engaged research portfolio.  Additionally, OER will develop community relationships and collaborate with other researchers and institutions to help cultivate community-engaged research projects with various underserved communities.


Who We Are

Warren McKinney, PhD - Vice President of Equity in Research

Read Dr. McKinney's biography here

List of Curated Resources from the Office of Equity in Research

Upcoming NIH Events

The NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE)'s upcoming workshop series on Raising a Resilient Scientist is designed for investigators who serve as mentors to trainees and junior faculty.  There are five sessions overall spanning from November 2022 to March 2023 and OITE encourages attendance to all of them but notes that each can be attended as a standalone unit.  HHRI's OER would like to highlight two in particular:

Building a Welcoming and Inclusive Research Group - January 11, 2023 at 12:00-2:15pm

- Register for this unit

Difficult Conversations, Conflict, and Feedback - February 8, 2023 at 12:00-2:15pm

- Register for this unit

Additional Resources

Ebony Boulware, et. al. 2022. Combating Structural Inequities – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Clinical and Translational Research. New England Journal of Medicine. Vol. 386(3): 201-203
- View on PubMed

Paula A. Braveman, et. al. 2022. Systematic and Structural Racism: Definitions, Examples, Health Damages, and Approaches to Dismantling. Health Affairs.  Vol. 41 (2): 171-178.
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Felicity T. Enders, et. al. 2020. Building a framework for inclusion in health services research: Development of and pre-implementation faculty and staff attitudes towards the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) plan at Mayo Clinic. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 5:e88, 1-10.
- View on PubMed

Felicity T. Enders, et al. 2022. Changing the face of academic medicine: An equity action plan for institutions. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 10.1017/cts.2022.408
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Alicia Fernandez. 2019. Further incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into medical education research. Academic Medicine. Vol. 94: S5-S6
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Furco, Andrew. “The Engaged Campus: Toward a Comprehensive Approach to Public Engagement.” British Journal of Educational Studies 58, no. 4 (2010): 375–90.
- View on Taylor & Francis Online

Sumner, Jane Lawrence. “The Gender Balance Assessment Tool (GBAT): A Web-Based Tool for Estimating Gender Balance in Syllabi and Bibliographies.” PS, Political Science & Politics 51, no. 2 (2018): 396–400.
- View on the Cambridge University Press

Michael Sun, et. al. 2022. Negative patient descriptors: Documenting Racial Bias in the Electronic Health Record. Heath Affairs. Vol. 41 (2): 203-211
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Ibram X. Kendi, PhD (Boston University Center for Antiracist Research) – How to be an antiracist – NPR  Oct. 30, 2019
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine – Structural Racism and Rigorous Models of Social Inequity: A Workshop [May 16-17, 2022]
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine – Adoption of Health Literacy Best Practice to Enhance Clinical Research: a Workshop [Oct. 28, 2021]
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NIH – How does diversity impact science? – May 17, 2022
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David R. Williams, PhD (Harvard School of Public Health / Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences) – How racism makes us sick – TED Talk 2016
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NIH – Implicit Bias Training Course
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NIH - Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
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Emory University – Rubric to asses Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statements
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University of California San Francisco – Graduate Faculty Development Program – Talking about race and inequity in science – guide for faculty
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University of California San Francisco – Graduate Faculty Development Program – Talking about race and inequity in science – guide for students and postdocs: View on

Sample Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statements:

Sample Mentor-Mentee Contract:

Project Implicit
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion inside HHRI

Visit this page to see how HHRI is enacting the principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.



For more information about the Office in Equity Research's work, contact us at

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