A child gets a throat exam in a doctor's office, while their parent holds them.

ODAT funds new projects aimed at improving health equity and accessibility

The Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) recently awarded funding to eight new projects that aim to improve health equity and accessibility through the development of new products, services or approaches that can benefit patients at the University of Minnesota and beyond. These projects were selected as part of ODAT’s ongoing effort to reduce health disparities through innovation.

The following projects will receive ODAT funding and project development guidance:

Project title: Gender Journey: exploring gender identity and healthy development using a web-based application
  • Taymy Caso, PhD, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • G. Nic Rider, PhD, LP, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health 
Project title: Pediatric mobile standing wheelchair for children with disabilities
  • Andrew Hansen, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Project title: Smart Community Health
  • David Haynes, PhD, Institute for Health Informatics 
  • Pinar Karaca-Mandic, PhD, Carlson School of Management 
Project title: Improving inclusivity of content, delivery, and testing of the Preparing Heart and Mind (TM) care program designed for families of infants prenatally diagnosed with complex congenital heart disease
  • Anne Chevalier McKechnie, PhD, RN, Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research
Project title: Move and Thrive: addressing teen health inequities through a physical activity online platform
  • Kathleen, Miller, MD, Department of Pediatrics
Project title: Development of a novel, computerized scoring system for cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy
  • Paul Orchard, MD, Department of Pediatrics
  • Damien Fair, PhD, Department of Pediatrics
Project title: Reduce medication-related disparities in African American patients with chronic kidney disease
  • Wendy St. Peter, PharmD, Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems
Project title: Rural medication access
  • Lynda Welage, PharmD, College of Pharmacy
  • Randall Seifert, PharmD, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences

These projects are being funded through ODAT’s Translational Grant Program, Translational Product Development Fund program and Pediatric Health Innovation Program, which includes a collaboration with the Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium (PDIC).