HEAL Network

Stanford Faculty working in partnership to achieve health equity

In response to growing interest and expertise among faculty that are dedicated to addressing health disparities, we have launched a Health Equity Action Leadership (HEAL) Network. Based in research and scholarship, the HEAL Network brings faculty together to determine how we can better address health inequities. Through the Network members are able to:

  • Receive or provide mentorship
  • Participate in education and training
  • Identify collaborative funding opportunities
  • Develop local and National policies to address health disparities

HEAL Network membership is currently open to Stanford Medicine faculty who are involved or interested in Health Equity Research. While membership is currently limited to faculty, most HEAL Network activities are open to anyone at Stanford with an interest in Health Equity research. We will promote HEAL Network activities to a broad audience through the HEAL and SPHERE Websites and other communication approaches. See who is in the HEAL Network.

The HEAL Network builds upon the vision from Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE), a five-year initiative led by Bonnie Maldonado that is dedicated to reducing disease in minority populations through the implementation of precision health projects and community engagement.

Please learn more about SPHERE by visiting the SPHERE Website.

HEAL Network Steering Committee

Latha Palaniappan, MD, MS
Lee Sanders MD, MPH
Lisa Goldman Rosas, PhD MPH
Maame Yaa A. B. Yiadom, MD, MPH, MSCI
Fatima Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA

OFDD HEAL Network Leadership

Yvonne (Bonnie) Maldonado, MD
Jill Evans, MPH
Magali Fassiotto, PhD
Brenda Flores

Past HEAL Webinar Videos

HEAL Talks Entrepreneurship In Health Equity 11.15.23

HEAL Asian Health Equity Across the Lifespan FY22

Health Equity Research in Genetics

Health Equity Research in Disability Communities

Health Equity Research in the Black Community

Health Equity Research in the LGBTQ+ Community

The Past and Future of Race in Medicine

Adverse Childhood Communication Experiences

Improving Clinical Competencies in Providing Whole-Person Care for Muslim Patients

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity of the Stanford University School of Medicine offers grants to junior and mid-career faculty members that support health equity projects under the mentorship of a senior faculty member. These grants are intended to support the advancement of health equity and health outcomes of populations that have been historically marginalized in the United States. Funds may be used to undertake research, clinical, or educational projects that promote health equity.

2023 Awardees

Irogue Igbinosa

Experiences of Black Pregnant People with Nutrition Counseling in Pregnancy: A Qualitative Analysis

Studies on the intersection of race with social determinants of health suggest critical evidence-based gaps in culturally congruent studies on dietary-appropriate counseling. This research proposes qualitative research to inform critical gaps in nutritional counseling to reduce anemia-related disparities.

Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa

Partnering with Community Health Workers to advance health equity in Latinx communities in Santa Clara County

This Community-Based Participatory Research project aims to co-design and test the feasibility of a comprehensive social determinants of health and resource navigation training for Community Health Workers, with the potential to strengthen social service delivery models and advance solutions to better meet the needs of local urban and rural Latinx communities.

Lisa Goldman-Rosas

IDD-TRANSFORM en Español: Expanding a Patient-Researcher Collaborative about Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Include Spanish Speaking Patients

The goal of this engagement project is to expand our community-academic partnership focused on improving health and healthcare for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) of Spanish-speaking Latinx patients. It is critical to engage this community in our partnership to ensure that our interventions are responsive to their needs and priorities.

Upcoming Events

The HEAL Network is launching a new series of seven workshops over the next several months. The series, entitled HEAL Talks: Strategies for Engaging in Health Equity Research, is geared towards Jr. Faculty and Faculty who would like to enhance their skills in conducting health equity research with communities.

Education & Training Resources

Precision Health Equity in Primary Care Seminar Series

This four-part seminar series presented the state of the science of precision health equity, from societal, scientific, and clinical perspectives, and was designed to inform and inspire primary care providers to translate these innovations into their practices and communities.

SPHERE Seminar I: Precision Health Equity and Social Justice

SPHERE Seminar II: Germline Screening for Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease in Minority Populations

SPHERE Seminar III: Pharmacogenomics in Underserved Communities

SPHERE Seminar IV: Polygenic Risk Scores in Primary Care Screening

Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) webinar 

The Intersection of Precision Medicine and Health Equity in Combating COVID-19