ASPPH Early Career Public Health Research Award

This annual award recognizes an outstanding early-career investigator who is a graduate public health faculty member at an ASPPH member school or program of public health.

2020 Winner

Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD, MPH

University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Dr. Hardeman is playing a critical role translating her research to improve the health of communities. Her considerable scholarly activities to date have made health inequities due to racism more visible and offered empirical evidence as to the ways that we might intervene on the growing racial inequities in maternal and infant mortality in the United States. She has very quickly earned a level of notoriety and respect in the field for her work related to inequities in maternal and infant health outcomes.

One of her nominators wrote, “There is not a question in my mind that Dr. Hardeman fits the criteria for this award. She is an outstanding early-career investigator, a respected scholar, and a treasured collaborator. Her intelligence, integrity, and warmth combined with the rigor of her research and its import to population health equity have certainly made her an emerging leader in the field.”