Drissa M. Toure, MD, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Drissa M. Toure

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-8594

Office Address:
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Division of Epidemiology & Community Health
Maternal and Child Health Program
1300 South 2nd Street, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55454

MD, Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry of Mali, Bamako, Mali

PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

College of Public Health

MPH, George Washington University, School of Public Health


I am a trained physician, behavioral scientist, and maternal and child health expert with a vision to do research examining and reducing any detected disparities for underserved communities. I have dedicated my evaluation and research career to building community-based participatory programs to improve healthcare access for disadvantaged children and women. Before moving to Minnesota, I worked with the George Washington University and University of Nebraska Medical Center - Center for Reducing Health Disparities to conduct community-based interventions to optimize early childhood education and development in underserved communities.

I have demonstrated experience in the following: 1) racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and child health, 2) epigenetics and pregnancy outcomes, 3) pediatric mental health and behavioral access, 4) improving refugee and immigrant health through research and action, and 5) translating research and evaluation evidence into equitable and sustained practice.


Improving postpartum maternal outcomes for population experiencing disparities, epigenetics and pregnancy outcomes, pediatric mental and behavioral healthcare access, early childhood education and development, improving refugee and immigrant health, program planning and evaluation using mixed-methods, community based-participatory research.

Awards & Recognition

  • Phoenix Award Excellence in Education, University of Nebraska Medical, Munroe-Meyer Institute, Omaha, NE (2022)
  • MeTRC Health Disparities Grantees Conference’s Best Abstract Travel Award, Nashville, TN (2018)
  • Chancellor’s Council Silver ‘U’ Award: Recognizes UNMC’s top performers whose daily contributions or special achievements help meet UNMC’s mission (2017)
  • Outstanding PhD Student Research Award, UNMC-COPH, Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health (2015)
  • Holland Research (Reproductive, Sexual, Maternal and Child Health) Award, UNMC-COPH (2015)
  • Public Health Association of Nebraska, Best Research Poster Award, Omaha, NE (2014)
  • Regional Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference Award, San Francisco, CA (2011)
  • Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Reproductive Health and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau - Data & Assessment Training Award, San Antonio, TX (2010)



See a complete list of publications on my Google Scholar page.

  • Toure, D., Kumar, G., Walker, C., Turman Jr, J., & Su, D. (2022). Barriers to Pediatric Mental Healthcare Access: Qualitative Insights from Caregivers. Journal of Social Service Research, 1-11.
  • Abresch, C., Gilbert, C., Johnson, M., Karki, B., Lyons, K., Meyer, K., ... & Toure, D. (2022). Understanding the Emotional Labor of Public Health Equity Work: A Mixed Methods Study. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-11.
  • Toure, DM., Kumar, G. and Walker, C. (2021) Perspectives of African American and Hispanic Families Regarding Parent Education. International Journal of Birth and Parent Education, 8(2):14-18.
  • Toure, D., Ouattara, B., Wiens, J., Pounds, L., Moore, T., Su, D. (2019). Gender Differences in Determinants of Self-Rated Health Among African American in Omaha Nebraska: A Church-Based Study. Journal of Social Service Research, 1-9
  • Toure, D., Rajvi, W., Do K. Su, D. (2019). Exploring African American and Latino Populations Perceptions of Parenting Education Programs: A Qualitative Assessment of Enablers and Barriers.Journal of Social Service Research,46(2), 256-263
  • Su, D., Wang, H., Tzeyu Michaud, T., Toure, D., Do, K., Hyo Jung Tak, HJ. (2018). Acculturation and Unmet Health Needs among Refugees in Omaha, Nebraska. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 1-7
  • Toure, D., ElRayes, W., Barnes-Josiah, D., Hartman, T., Klinkebiel, D., Baccaglini, L. (2017). Placental Epigenetic Modifications and Preterm Birth: A Systematic Review. Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, 1-12



PubH 6630, Foundations of MCH Leadership – Online

PubH 6035, Evaluation II

PubH6661, Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology