Health of Diverse Populations


The Health of Diverse Populations RIG (HDPRIG) provides an opportunity for nurses engaged in research, practice, policy development, administration, education, and theory development in the rapidly expanding focal areas of cultural diversity and marginalized populations to come together for scholarly exchange. The focal areas of interest include an emphasis on race, ethnicity, health disparities, gender, socioeconomic class, spiritual preferences, immigration, international nursing, and/or how cultural influences impact the provision of health care.

The HDPRIG provides forums enabling interdisciplinary collaboration through a variety of mechanisms, including online networking and an annual conference, to produce and disseminate reports of research that is in progress or has been completed. The HDPRS seeks to improve knowledge and health through research discoveries that are translated into practical applications.

Who Should Join?

Any MNRS members interested in networking and collaborating with other researchers engaged in research focusing on the health of diverse populations.

RIG Communication

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Health of Diverse Populations RIG Newsletter – Winter 2020 Issue
Health of Diverse Populations RIG Newsletter – Summer 2019 Issue



Meet the RIG Leadership for 2019 – 2020


Karen O. Moss, PhD, RN, CNL  
Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University

Co-Chair and Grant Representative

Jane von Gaudecker, PhD, RN, CNS  
Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Nursing

Co – Chair Elect

Carolyn Harmon-Still, PhD, MSM, AGPCNP-BC, CCRP 
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Co – Chair Elect

Nicole Pierce, MSN, RN 
Nurse Scientist, University of Chicago Medicine

Past Chair

Timiya Nolan, PhD, ANP-BC
Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University

Past Chair

Kathy Wright, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, PMHCNS-BC
Assistant Professor, Chief Diversity Officer, The Ohio State University

2019-2020 RIG Awards

The Health of Diverse Populations RIG is proud to announce the following award opportunities to the RIG membership:

Please be sure to attend the RIG meeting at the 2020 Annual Research Conference to learn more about the award recipients. 

2018-2019 RIG Awards

Health of Diverse Populations:
New Investigator Award
Scott Moore, PhD, MS, BSN, BA, APRN
Case Western Reserve University

2019 – 2020 Goals

-Continue quarterly newsletters
-Host a virtual RIG board meeting monthly
-Host a virtual RIG membership meeting biannually with invited speakers. Time will be allotted for updates, works in progress, and working group assembly.
-Create working groups to meet RIG goals
-Develop a manuscript on cultural relevance in nursing research (detailing the 2019 guaranteed symposium)
-Facilitate RIG membership collaboration via a Google Document
-Establish a mentorship program to pair early and senior investigators

Overall/Long Term Goals

-Create and disseminate a MNRS diversity statement
-Use working groups to develop academic currency (e.g., presentations and papers)
-Host a Guaranteed Symposium in 2022

RIG Minutes/Meeting Summary

If you are interested in learning more about the Health of Diverse Populations RIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:

Health of Diverse Population RIG Annual Report from the 2019 Annual Research Conference
Health of Diverse Population RIG minutes from the 2017 Annual Research Conference
Health of Diverse Population RIG minutes from the 2016 Annual Research Conference