Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Jaime Slaughter-Acey

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-625-8357

Office Address:
West Bank Office Building, Suite 300

Mailing Address:
1300 South Second Street, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55454

PhD, Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010

MPH, Maternal and Child Health, Tulane University, 2002

BS, Ocean Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2000


My research primarily focuses on environmental (social and physical) and psychosocial factors that contribute to women’s health across the life course, with emphasis on the maternal and child health (MCH) of marginalized/underserved populations. In particular, I seek to improve our understanding of the social meaning of race and skin color and how they intersect with other aspects of social identity to affect health. My goal is to utilize the knowledge gained from my research to apprise the development of novel and interdisciplinary community-based solutions focused on building healthier and more equitable communities that help us to achieve MCH equity for all.


Health equity, maternal health, infant health, structural racism and discrimination, colorism, social epidemiology, and women’s health.

Awards & Recognition

Charles N. Hewitt Creative Teaching Award, UMN SPH, 2022
Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for Best Paper, Women’s Health Issues, 2021
Matilda White Riley Early Stage Investigator Award, NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, 2020
Delta Omega, Honorary Society in Public Health, 2019


Research Funding Grants

2021-2026, NIH-NIA, “Looking Back to Look Forward: Social Environment Across the Life Course, Epigenetics, and Birth Outcomes in Black Families,” Principal Investigator
2020-2023, NIH-NHLBI, "Beyond Black and White: Understanding Skin Tone as a Driver of Prepregnancy Cardiometabolic Health and Birth Outcomes," Principal Investigator
2018-2020, Russell Sage Foundation, Shades of Color: The Impact of Skin Tone on African American Women and their Birth Outcomes, Principal Investigator


For a complete list of publications, see my PubMed page.

  • Slaughter-Acey, JC, Sneed, D, Parker, LJ, Keith, VM Lee, N and Misra, DP. Skin Tone Matters: Racial Microaggressions and Delayed Prenatal Care. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, September 2019
  • Slaughter-Acey, JC, Talley, L, Stevenson, H, and Misra, DP. “Personal versus group experiences of racism and risk of delivering and small-for-gestational age infant in African American women: a lifecourse perspective,” Journal of Urban Health, July 2018.
  • Sheller, S, Hudson, K, Bloch, JR, Biddle, B, Krauthamer-Ewing, ES, and Slaughter-Acey, JC. “Family care curriculum: a parenting support program for families experiencing homelessness,” Maternal and Child Health Journal, June 2018.
  • Korzeniewski, SJ, Slaughter, J, Lenski, M, Haak, P, and Paneth, N. “The complex etiology of cerebral palsy,” Nature Reviews Neurology, Sept 2018.
  • Slaughter-Acey, JC, Sealy-Jefferson, S, Helmcamp, L, Caldwell, C, Osypuk, T, Platt, RW, Straughen, JK, Daily, R, Abeysekara, P, and Misra, D. “Racism in the form of micro aggressions and the risk of preterm birth,” Annals of Epidemiology, Jan 2016.
  • Slaughter, JC, Issel, LM, Handler, A, Rosenberg, D, Kane, D, and Stayner, L. “Measuring dosage, a key factor when assessing the relationship between prenatal case management and birth outcomes,” Maternal and Child Health Journal, Oct 2013. 17(8):1414-1423.