I am a Tenured Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy & Management at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. I am a reproductive health equity researcher. My program of research applies the tools of population health science and health services research to elucidate a critical and complex determinant of health inequity—Racism. I leverage the frameworks of Critical Race Theory and Reproductive Justice to inform my equity-centered work which aims to build the empirical evidence of racism’s impact on health particularly for Black birthing people and their babies.
My research includes a partnership with Roots Community Birth Center, in North Minneapolis, one of five Black-owned freestanding birth centers in the United States. My work also examines the potential mental health impacts for Black birthing people when living in a community that has experienced the killing of an unarmed Black person by police. Published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the American Journal of Public Health, my research has elicited important conversations on the topics of culturally-centered care, police brutality and structural racism as a fundamental cause of health inequities. My overarching goal is to contribute to a body of knowledge that links structural racism to health in a tangible way, identifies opportunities for intervention, and dismantles the systems, structures, and institutions that allow inequities to persist. As PI of the Measuring and Operationalizing Racism to Achieve Health Equity Lab (MORHELab.com), I seek to explore and develop ways to operationalize and measure structural racism for the purposes of empirical, quantitative investigation.
I am active locally and nationally with organizations that seek to achieve health equity. I was recently appointed to the Minnesota Maternal Mortality Review Committee and the CDC Maternal Mortality Review Information Application (MMRIA) Bias work group where I am working to develop a measure of structural racism to be included when reviewing maternal deaths. I also proudly serve on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood of the North Central States.
Video clip from Dr. Hardeman's speech at the 2017 Equity and Diversity Breakfast