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Libraries Awarded $50,000 for New Health Equity Initiative

The Martha Jane Phillips Starr Field of Interest Fund has awarded $50,000 to the UMKC Libraries to participate in the UMKC Chancellor’s Health Equity Initiative. 

Last year, Chancellor Mauli Agrawal created this key initiative to ensure individuals and families in the Kansas City area have equal opportunities for improved health and well-being. The new UMKC Health Equity Institute will use UMKC research and outreach to identify, quantify, and practically address health care gaps in our neighborhoods.

The UMKC Health Sciences Library will be an integral partner in this initiative by providing specialized scholarly resources and expert research assistance to health sciences students, faculty, and staff as they work on community-centered projects that are part of the Health Equity Institute. These funds will be used in three primary ways.


Library Collections: ($17,000)
Students and faculty working on practical quality improvement projects often require more specialized resources than those engaged in other research do. This funding will be used to purchase journals, databases, and other collections needed to support these projects and research.

Health Equity Fellowship: ($25,000)
The Libraries will hire a dedicated fellow to work closely with the Clinical Medical Librarians and Health Sciences Teaching and Learning Librarian to provide higher-level support to the programs and courses in which these projects reside.

Development and Training: ($8,000)
Health equity is a rapidly emerging field in healthcare and librarianship. Providing professional development opportunities for our librarians in the areas of health equity, transitional medicine, data analytics, or other areas is key to increasing our capacity to support this initiative.


The Libraries are proud and honored to be a part of UMKC’s current and future work reducing health disparities and increasing the quality of health care for individuals and families in the Kansas City area.

Posted: August 08, 2019