Health disparities

  • Associate Professor, School of Public Health

Sarah Gollust, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Public Health. Dr. Gollust conducts research on the influence of communication in health policy and the factors that shape public opinion and the policymaking process. Areas of research and teaching interest include health disparities, policies to prevent childhood obesity, cancer screening, and ethical issues in public health practice and policy. Her current major research projects include media coverage of the Affordable Care Act and mass media messages about mammography and the HPV vaccine. Dr. Gollust is available to discuss topics including, but not limited to, public attitudes about policies to reduce obesity and media coverage and public opinion about the Affordable Care Act. 

  • Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health
  • Director of Research, Rural Health Research Center

Katy Backes Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA, an associate professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, conducts research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy that impacts reproductive-age women and their families. She researches the policy impact among special populations, including working mothers, racial and ethnic minorities, low-income women, and rural populations. Her current research examines the measurement and improvement of maternity care quality, with a focus on vulnerable populations and geographic variations. 

  • Clinical Associate Professor, School of Dentistry
  • Director, Division of Dental Therapy, Department of Primary Dental Care

Karl D. Self, MBA, DDS, clinical associate professor in the School of Dentistry and director of the Division of Dental Therapy in the Department of Primary Dental Care, manages all aspects of the Dental Therapy program. His research interests include access to care issues, health care disparities, and workforce issues. During his professional career he has been engaged in a variety of dental practice types including private practice and large group practice, yet he has spent most of his professional life in a community clinic. He has been a consultant for the Department of Human Services’ Medical Assistance program and, prior to joining the faculty of the School of Dentistry, he was the executive director of a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center in Minneapolis.