Katy Backes Kozhimannil

Health Policy and Management
School of Public Health
Twin Cities

Award Year
University Award
Distinguished McKnight University Professors
Research Title
Advancing rural health and racial equity, starting at birth

Section A, Location 14

Rising rates of maternal mortality in the U.S. reveal systemic failures that end in tragedy. Katy Backes Kozhimannil leads collaborative, community-engaged policy research to advance racial, gender, and geographic equity, starting at birth. The goal of her scholarship is to inform policy that addresses social determinants and structural injustice to promote improved health and wellbeing, with a focus on childbirth in rural places, low-income communities, and among Black, Indigenous and People of Color.