Drissa M. Toure, MD, PhD, MPH
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.
Awards and 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