Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Rachel Hardeman

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-2803

Office Address:
D359 Mayo

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 729 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Health Policy & Management, University of Minnesota, 2013

MPH, Health Policy & Management, University of Minnesota, 2007

BS, Chemistry and Spanish, Xavier University of Louisiana, 2002


I am a health equity researcher with a focus on the role of the clinician, health care delivery systems, and the policy environment in reducing disparities in outcomes and quality of health care. The overarching goal of my work is to contribute to a body of knowledge that links structural racism to health in a tangible way, identifies opportunities for intervention, and ultimately dismantles the systems, structures, and institutions that have allowed health inequities to persist.


Equity, structural racism, police violence;, birth outcomes, doulas, medical education, diversity and inclusion

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Research Paper Association for Medical Education (AMEE) Conference, 2016 Barcelona, Spain
  • NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program funded by National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2016-2019
  • Health Affairs Most Read Blog Post of 2015 (Having a doula would make it better. How Medicaid coverage for doula care could improve birth outcomes, reduce health care costs, and improve equity) 2015


  • English
  • Spanish


Research Funding Grants

  • 2016–2019, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "Interdisciplinary Research Leaders: Improving Equity in Birth Outcomes: A Community-Based, Culturally-Centered Approach," Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2019, NIH NHLBI Investigator Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health Related Research, "The Impact of Residency Factors on Racial, Size, and LGBT Bias in Physician Trainees," Principal Investigator (Mentor: Michelle van Ryn, PhD, MPH)
  • 2016, University of Minnesota, Office of the Vice President for Research, "Come Step In It: Real Talk About Race," Co-Principal Investigator
  • 2017-2019, NIH, National Health Lung Blood Institute, “Predictors of Change in Prosocial Attitudes During Medical Education” Co-Investigator


See a full list of publications on PubMed

Select Recent Publications

  • Hardeman RR, Przedworski JM, Burke S, Burgess DJ, Perry S, Phelan S, Dovidio JF, van Ryn M. "Association Between Perceived Medical School Diversity Climate and Change in Depressive Symptoms Among Medical Students: A Report from the Medical Student CHANGE Study," Journal of the National Medical Association, Winter 2016
  • Hardeman RR, Medina EM, Kozhimannil KB. "Structural Racism and Supporting Black Lives - The Role of Health Professionals," The New England Journal of Medicine, Dec 2016
  • Hardeman RR, Kozhimannil KB. "Motivations for Entering the Doula Profession: Perspectives From Women of Color," Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, Nov 2016
  • Hardeman RR, Perry SP, Phelan SM, Przedworski JM, Burgess DJ, van Ryn M. "Racial Identity and Mental Well-Being: The Experience of African American Medical Students, A Report from the Medical Student CHANGE Study," Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, June 2016
  • Kozhimannil KB, Vogelsang CA, Hardeman RR, Prasad S. "Disrupting the Pathways of Social Determinants of Health: Doula Support during Pregnancy and Childbirth," Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, May 2016



  • PubH 6700, Foundations of Public Health
  • PubH 6835, Principals of Health Policy
  • PubH 7200, Axes of Inequity: Exploring the Root Causes of Health Disparities Through Social Policy

Community Engagement

  • Chair, AcademyHealth Disparities Interest Group
  • Square Roots Advisory Board Member
  • Hennepin County Medical Center, Mission Effectiveness Board, Member
  • AcademyHealth Disparities Interest Group, Chair
  • Community Voices and Solutions (CVAS) Advisory Group, Office of Minority Health State Partnership Grant to Improve Minority Health, Member
  • Partners in Equity and Inclusion, consultant



In The News

SPH News

  • Health Insurance Coverage Increases for People on Probation After ACA Implementation (Read More)
  • Developing an Anti-Racism Medical School Curriculum (Read More)
  • Measuring Structural Racism (Read More)
  • Institutional Racism Mentioned in Few Public Health Journal Articles (Read More)
  • The Role of Race in Health (Read More)
  • Researchers Call for Exploring Racist Roots in Healthcare Inequities (Read More)
  • Hardeman Honored for Research in Structural Racism (Read More)
  • Ending Policy Brutality Through Research (Read More)
  • Exploring Why Women of Color Become Doulas (Read More)
  • Negative Diversity Climate Raises Depression Risk in Medical School Students (Read More)
  • How Clinicians and Researchers Can Help Dismantle Structural Racism (Read More)
  • Hardeman Leads New Project Addressing Racial Inequalities in Birth Outcomes (Read More)

In the Media

  • Trump's Title X changes would alter grant funding (Minnesota Daily)
  • No deal: Providers sound off on Trump’s domestic gag rule (Ms. Magazine)
  • How Minnesota universities are accelerating change in health care education (Twin Cities Business)
  • The Health Care System is Tough, Especially for Black Women (Minnesota Public Radio)
  • Premature Birth Rates Rise Again, But a Few States are Turning Things Around (NPR)
  • Premature birth rates rise again, but a few states are turning things around (NPR)
  • Research Brief: Measuring structural racism to eliminate health inequities (UMN News)
  • Bringing race awareness to medical students (UMN Research Brief)
  • New York to expand use of doulas to reduce childbirth deaths (The New York Times)
  • How culturally centered care could help mothers and babies (MPR)
  • Preterm births in the U.S. rise again, signaling worrisome trend (STAT)
  • How your physician’s prejudices may be hurting your health (Huffington Post)
  • Doulas Comfort Mothers During Pregnancy and Childbirth (Minnesota Spokesman Recorder)
  • Kansas Premature Birth Rates Reflects Racial Disparities, But State Nears Goal for 2020 (Kansas Health Institute)
  • How Medicaid Coverage for Doula Care Could improve Birth Outcomes, Reduce Costs, and Improve Equity (Health Affairs)
  • Does Structural Racism Exist in Our Health Care System? (KSTP)