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Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, Equity in Health Policy and Management

The Department of Health Policy and Management is committed to building an inclusive environment where faculty, staff, students, and other members of our community support efforts to dismantle structural oppression and racist policies and practices. The work of faculty, staff, and students in the department often focuses on the intersection of racism, health disparities and inequities, and policies that are on the forefront of national discussions. We are strengthened by our diverse community and understand the critical need for differences and perspectives. Our goal is for all students, faculty, and staff in the department to be adequately equipped to advocate for policies and practices that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion activities.   

We are actively working to advance scholarship and training to cultivate an environment where all people, especially those who are historically marginalized, disenfranchised, or excluded, can thrive. To oversee the advancement and realization of inclusion, diversity, anti-racism, and equity (IDARE) in all Department activities, we have formed a committee, led by Michelle Spencer, MS, associate scientist in Health Policy and Management and associate director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. The committee, which is comprised of students, staff, and faculty, works closely with the School’s IDARE office and HPM leadership to build a diverse inclusive community in HPM and support actions grounded in anti-racism and equity. 

The Department’s Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Equity committee is actively working towards meaningful change in the following ways: 

  1. Developing and implementing curriculum review to ensure materials align with IDARE goals and principles. 

  1. Cultivating inclusive learning environments through educational training, workshops, and seminars 

  1. Conducting a critical examination of the department’s policies and practices, including student admissions, efforts to recruit diverse students, post-doctoral trainees, faculty, and staff, and implementing changes that are in line with IDARE goals. 

  1. Prioritizing and encouraging voices, perspectives, and feedback from students, faculty, and staff. 

  1. Prioritizing research that incorporates consideration of inclusion and diversity in the research design and focuses on the impact of racism on public health and public safety 

The Department’s IDARE activities are in line with the School’s Strategic plan. This alignment means that the Department is committed  to being part of an institution where all people, especially those who are historically marginalized, disenfranchised, or excluded, can thrive.  

To ensure HPM’s mission of promoting diversity, and respect of diversity, among faculty, staff, and students, and in support of the IDARE principles and priorities, HPM’s strategic plan will be grounded in the foundational frames of bias, microaggressions, allyship, and anti-racism to further cultivate an inclusive environment.  

This environment will promote respect for the spectrum of human diversity and a genuine understanding of the many differences, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, disability status, and religion. 

HPM IDARE Committee Faculty Members

Michelle Spencer
Associate Scientist
Health Policy and Management

Michelle Spencer, MS, is a public health practitioner who focuses on the impacts of health equity, racial disparities, and health outcomes through community-based initiatives.

Thomas Burke
Professor
Health Policy and Management

Tom Burke, PhD, MPH, applies the risk sciences to assess the impacts of environmental pollution and advance policies to protect our health.

Renan Castillo
Associate Professor
Health Policy and Management

Renan Castillo, PhD '08, MS, leads a consortium that conducts clinical trials and observational cohorts to study trauma, orthopedics, and disability.

Craig Pollack
Professor
Health Policy and Management

Craig Pollack, MD, MHS, conducts research at the intersection of housing and health to inform policies that help individuals and families live in safe and affordable homes.

Beth Resnick
Senior Scientist
Health Policy and Management

Beth Resnick, DrPH, MPH ’95, conducts systems research to transform state and local public health agencies by strengthening infrastructure and stimulating performance improvement.

HPM IDARE Staff Members

Audrey Cahill, PhD, MA, BA
Administrator, Health Policy and Management

Caitlin Hoffman, MPH
Communications Associate, Health Policy and Managements

Edith Jones
Senior Administrative Coordinator

Laurie Unruh, MSc
Deputy Director, Health Policy Research Scholars 

HPM IDARE Student Members 

Hope Woolf

Alexandra Ruth 

Contact Us

We have created a secure email for HPM faculty, staff, and students to confidentially submit feedback, raise any issue or concern, report an issue, share ideas for activities and training, or submit general inquiries related to IDARE.