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

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

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 is now accepting applications from junior and mid-career faculty members for pilot grants 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.

Priority will be given to projects that advance health equity among historically marginalized populations in the United States. This includes but is not limited to racial and ethnic minority groups (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian/ Alaska Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders), populations with less privileged socioeconomic status, sexual and gender minorities, underserved rural populations, and socially vulnerable populations such as those experiencing homelessness, the recently incarcerated, immigrants, and persons with disabilities. Priority will also be given to projects where the principal investigator has established a mentorship agreement with a senior faculty member.

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2023

Upcoming Events

The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity is hosting a faculty webinar with the Health Equity Action Leadership (HEAL) Network to highlight efforts that explore and improve health equity and the environment. You will hear from health equity researchers about the intersection of health equity and the environment, climate change, future directions, and their personal journeys into this research. The event will feature three 10-15 minute talks, followed by a Q&A session.

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