Collaborating to advance health equity

Applications are now open for the 2018 cohort.
Deadline: March 14, 2018

Meet the Fellows

“Participating in the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program as a research partner will take my methodological approach, statistical analysis, and understanding of equity and population health to the next level. I will be a stronger researcher and have more opportunities to do great work that produces actionable data leading to change.”


[Pictured from Left to Right]

FELICIA JACKSON, MA, Manager of Family Support Services, Houston Area Urban League, Houston, Texas
QUIANTA MOORE, JD, MD, Scholar in Health Policy, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston, Texas
RACHEL KIMBRO, MA, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Meet the Fellows

See the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Fellows in actionView The Latest
  1. Interdisciplinary Research Leaders


    Taking bold steps to change the status quo

    Meet current Interdisciplinary Research Leaders fellows who are collaborating to advance health and equity across the country. These fellows are spearheading innovative, sector-spanning work and taking bold steps to disrupt the status quo in their communities.

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  2. Incarceration & health, marion county

    Health Impacts of Mass Incarceration on Indiana’s Children

    Promoting Social, Emotional, Developmental Health and Well-Being in Early Childhood

    Project focus:
    • Childhood health and development
    • Public health
    • Incarceration

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    • Angela Tomlin, PhD
    • Shoshanna Spector, BA
    • Karen Ruprecht, PhD
  3. Public Health, Memphis

    Impacts of Housing Code Enforcement on Health

    Accessing the Impacts of Housing Code Enforcement of Substandard Rental Housing on Health-related Outcomes

    Project focus:
    • Equity
    • Public health
    • Public Housing
    • Public safety
    • Housing code enforcement

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    • Steve Barlow, MA, JD
    • Christina Plerhoples Stacy, MA, PhD
    • Joseph Schilling, JD, BA
  4. Equity in Birth Outcomes, Minnesota

    Equity in Natal Health Care

    A Community-Based, Culturally-Centered Approach to Improving Birth Outcomes

    Project focus:
    • Health equity
    • Prenatal care
    • Culturally-focused health care
    • Institutional and interpersonal racism

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    • Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH
    • Katy Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA
    • Rebecca Polston, CPM, LM [Not Pictured]
  5. Public Health, San Francisco

    How housing renovations affect health conditions and care

    Identifying Impacts & Experiences of Renovation, Redevelopment and Health in San Francisco

    project focus:
    • Public housing
    • Public / private partnerships
    • Health service data

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    • Irene Yen, PhD
    • Susan Neufeld, MA
    • Leslie Dubbin, PhD
Interdisciplinary Research Leaders is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, led by the University of Minnesota.
meet our leadership team
  • Our partners include:
  • Academy Health


Interdisciplinary Research Leaders is just one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership development programs offering high-level training and funding for people interested in applying their expertise—no matter what discipline—to help make our country healthier and more equitable.


Collaborate. Innovate. Transform Communities.

Individuals working in every field and profession receive $20,000 per year to advance a Culture of Health—one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

Apply Your PhD Research to Build Healthier Communities

Supported by an annual $30,000 stipend, second-year full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds apply their research to build healthier, more equitable communities and diversify the field of future leaders.

Redefine Health in Your Community

Interdisciplinary teams of clinically active professionals receive an annual fellowship of $35,000 for each team member to support a project the team designs to address a challenging health issue in their community.

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