Katy Backes Kozhimannil, PhD, will lead a new aligned rural health initiative for the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, effective July 2020.
As OACA’s Director of Rural Health Programs, Dr. Kozhimannil will bring together University of Minnesota and community constituents to advance rural health, and develop a program that will improve rural health outcomes in Minnesota. As Director of CTSI’s new Office of Rural Health, she will develop programs to improve rural health through translational research and science, and will contribute to emerging national efforts of the NIH Clinical Translational Science Award Program to improve rural health.
Dr. Kozhimannil is a Professor in the School of Public Health’s Division of Health Policy and Management, and Director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center. She conducts research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy that impacts health care delivery, quality, and outcomes during critical times in the life course, including pregnancy and childbirth. Through her scholarly work, she aims to contribute to the evidence base for clinical and policy strategies to advance racial, gender, and geographic equity, and to collaborate with stakeholders in making policy change to address social determinants and structural injustice in order to facilitate improved health and wellbeing. She received her PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University and her MPA in Policy and Administration from Princeton University.