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Written by former CHE Works in Progress presenter, Katy Kozhimannil, PhD shares her expert perspective on who delivers babies in rural hospitals. Each year, a half a million babies are born in rural U.S. hospitals, but information on the physicians, nurses, and other clinicians who care for these babies is extremely limited. Very little is known about the obstetric care workforce in rural hospitals beyond broad recognition of limited capacity.


The Center for Health Equity, Program in Health Disparities Research, and Rainbow Health Initiative are releasing the first annual Pride Edition LGBTQ Health Newsletter to raise awareness about LGBTQ health disparities, highlight current LGBTQ research, and promote opportunities to be an ally.


Due to the type of cigarettes heavily favored by certain minority groups, Kola Okuyemi, M.D., director of the Program in Health Disparities Research, says their treatment programs need to be tailored separate from the majority population. 


The Commissioner of Health established the Center for Health Equity in 2013 to make advancing health equity an essential goal for a healthy Minnesota and the work of MDH.