Rachel Hardeman, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy & Management at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. She focuses on conversations around racism in public health, and is contributing to a new body of knowledge that will enrich our understanding of how racism plays out in healthcare and impacts health outcomes.
She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leader. She works to intervene and dismantle the structural racism that contributes to adverse birth outcomes for communities of color alongside colleagues Katy Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA and Rebecca Polston, CPM of Roots Community Birth Center.
Specificially, Dr. Hardeman’s work focuses on the provider contribution to equity and quality of health care delivery, and the ways in which race (e.g. implicit bias, explicit bias, stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, colorblind ideology, institutional racism and the white racial frame) impact health care delivery and the clinician-patient encounter. She has a particular interest and focus on prenatal care delivery and persistent disparate birth outcomes for African American women.