Changemakers in Family Planning: Rachel Hardeman
Awarded 2019
Changemakers in Family Planning
Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH
University of Minnesota

Dr. Hardeman is an Associate Professor and the inaugural Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health & Racial Equity at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy & Management. She is a reproductive health equity researcher whose 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. Dr. Hardeman leverages the frameworks of critical race theory and reproductive justice to inform her equity-centered work which aims to build the empirical evidence of racism’s impact on health particularly for Black birthing people and their babies. Dr. Hardeman is principal investigator of MORhELab, which explores and defines ways to measure structural racism for the purposes of empirical, quantitative investigation.