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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Minnesota Assistant Professor Honored For Research in Structural Racism Research

University of Minnesota School of Public Health Assistant Professor Dr. Rachel Hardeman was honored with the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Professional Article Prize for her paper, “Structural Racism and Supporting Black Lives — The Role of Health Professionals,” published in December 2016 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

[Photo: Dr. Rachel Hardeman]

The award recognizes scholarly publication that advances the field of medicine by honoring work that explores timely issues and challenges facing the medical profession.

Dr. Hardeman’s piece highlights how structural racism can undermine healthcare workers’ best efforts to provide equal care and outlines five ways clinicians and researchers can engage in dismantling racism and supporting black lives.

“Structural racism causes widespread suffering and we all have a role to play in dismantling it,” said Dr. Hardeman, who was lead author on the paper. The work was done in partnership with School of Public Health Associate Professor Dr. Katy Kozhimannil and Eduardo Medina of Park Nicollet Clinic, based in Minneapolis.

“Being recognized for this work is not just a personal honor, it also represents our overarching goal — to move forward the conversation around structural racism in health care delivery,” Dr. Hardeman said.