HEAL Network

Stanford Faculty working in partnership to achieve health equity

Introducing the Stanford School of Medicine HEAL Network

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

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.

Join the HEAL Network

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

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

Event Videos

HEAL Asian Health Equity Across the Lifespan FY22

Health Equity Research in Disability Communities

Health Equity Research in the LGBTQ+ Community

Adverse Childhood Communication Experiences

Health Equity Research in Genetics


Health Equity Research in the Black Community

The Past and Future of Race in Medicine


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.

Previous Events

Health Equity Research in the LGBTQ+ Community

June 28, 2022 from 12:00PM-1:00PM, via Zoom

Tandy Aye, MD
Mitchell R. Lunn, MD

Leslee Lynne Subak, MD 

Health Equity Research in the Asian Community

May 17, 2022 from 12:00PM-1:00PM, via Zoom

Ann Hsing
Jochen Profit
Robert Huang

Bryant Lin

Health Equity Research in the Black Community

February 24, 2022 from 12:00PM-1:00PM, via  Zoom

Baraka Floyd
Donald Golden
Megan Mahoney
Harlan Pinto

Maame Yaa A. B. Yiadom

Health Equity Research in Genetics

December 9, 2021 from 12:00PM-1:00PM, via Zoom


Mildred Cho
Shoa L. Clarke
Joseph Yracheta

Latha Palaniappan

Health Equity Research in the Disability Community

October 26th, 2021 from 12:00PM-1:00PM, via Zoom


Dr. Peter Poullos
Dr. Ken Sutha
Dr. Holly Tabor

Dr. Lisa Goldman-Rosas

HEAL Network Members Kick-Off Meeting

October 12, 2021

Health Equity Research in the Latinx Community

September 30, 2021

Health Equity Research in the Latinx Community, where faculty who do this work shared their experiences in a fireside chat panel. Speakers included: Dr. Nicole Martinez-MartinDr. Tina Hernandez-BoussardDr. Fatima Rodriguez, and Dr. Yvonne "Bonnie" Maldonado.

Education and 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