Jaime Slaughter-Acey.

Epidemiologist & Social Justice Warrior for Health Equity

Associate Professor

 University of Minnesota School of Public Health

 Minneapolis, MN

 My Expertise 


  • Racial disparities in COVID-19

  • Intersectionality and health inequalities

  • Urban Health

  • Health & place 

  • Systemic Racism (structural, cultural & intergenerational)

    • Colorism (skin tone bias) & Appearance-based bias

    • Measurement of racism & discrimination 

  • Stress, resilience & pregnancy 

  • Impact of racism on maternal & infant health

  • Perinatal healthcare: prenatal care and home visiting

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders originating in the perinatal period

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I am a maternal & child health (MCH) and social epidemiologist whose work focuses on socio-environmental and psychosocial determinants of women’s and family health across the lifecourse, with emphasis on health equity. My research emphasizes the use of socioecological and life-course approaches with Intersectionality Theory to study and address the ways that systemic racism, both structural and cultural, intersects with other aspects of social identity to create inequalities in MCH and other health outcomes.

My current research, funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and the National Institute of Health (NIH), investigates the social significance of skin color as a driver of prepregnancy cardiometabolic health and birth outcomes for Black women. I am the Principal Investigator of the Interdisciplinary Research Invested in Social Equity (I-RISE) & Health Lab, which aims to integrate social science literature with epidemiologic and system science methods to the study of systemic racism, both structural and cultural, and its intersection with other aspects of social identity to create health and health care inequalities in MCH.


My research, published in major journals has been widely cited. Most notably, I won the 2020 NIH Matilda White Riley Early Investigator Award for my research on skin tone bias, racial discrimination and prenatal care use.




Postdoctoral Fellow, Perinatal & Social Epidemiology

Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI

PhD, Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology

University of Illinois at Chicago – Chicago, IL

MPH, Maternal & Child Health

Tulane University – New Orleans, LA

BS, Ocean Engineering

Texas A&M University – College Station, Tx


Research & Scholarship



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In The News

As a public health scholar and expert on racism and maternal & child health I am often called upon by the media to bring commentary and perspective regarding a broad range of social, cultural, and health issues. To date I have been featured or mentioned on the following platforms.


Black History Month and the Celebration of Black Joy

We hear stories of struggle all the time — in February, let's uplift stories of celebration.

Let’s sing the praises of Black scholars, like Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD, MPH and organizations like Black Mamas Matter, which are working hard to shed light on Black women’s experiences by making sure we’re reflected in data and research.

By Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez 

TeenVogue, February 25, 2020

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‘The Hungriest Summer’: Without Weekly $600 Checks, More Families May Struggle To Put Food On Tables

As millions of Americans are now out of hundreds of extra dollars in pandemic unemployment benefits, food banks are seeing a surge in food insecurity.

By Kate Raddatz

WCCO CBS Minnesota, July 28, 2020


People of color in Twin Cities Continue to Bear Brunt of Coronavirus

Black and Hispanic Minnesotans are far more likely to be infected than white Minnesotans, state data show. 

By Marissa Evans, MaryJo Webster and Michael Corey

StarTribune, August 1, 2020


What 10 Public Health Experts Want You to Know About Protesting in the Middle of a Pandemic

“Every day we're processing and understanding more about how the outcomes of COVID-19 and police brutality are related by this fundamental cause: systemic racism.” 

By Carolyn Todd

Self Magazine, June 18, 2020




Matilda White Riley Early Stage Investigator Award

NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research

Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring Fellow

University of Minnesota

Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health

University of Minnesota

Illinois Public Health Research Predoctoral Fellow

University of Illinois at Chicago

Douglas Passaro Scholar

University of Illinois at Chicago

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