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Who we are

Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity

 

Activating health professionals to work toward health equity.  

Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity is a statewide coalition of physicians working toward health equity for all Minnesotans. We believe everyone deserves to live a healthy life, regardless of their race, gender, age, income, or neighborhood.

Health equity for all Minnesotans is possible when the root causes of poor health are addressed. Examples of these root causes include poverty, racism, gender inequity, climate change, and limited access to health care.

Our Vision

Health professionals will use their voice, knowledge, and influence to eliminate the inequities that exist in health and healthcare, while working effectively with their patients, health systems, communities, and legislators to address health equity wherever they live, work, learn, and play.

Our Board


Michael Aylward, President

Dr. Michael Aylward went to Boston College and graduated from   New York University School of Medicine.  He completed his internal medicine and pediatric residency training at the University of
Minnesota, and was chief resident at the Minneapolis VA Health Care
System where he oversaw residents and ran teaching conferences. He currently is the
Program Director for the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency program, and President-Elect of the Medicine-Pediatric Program Directors Association.  He sees
patients at the Community University Health Care Center, a safety-net clinic that serves
the Phillips Neighborhood in Minneapolis.


Aarti Bhatt, Secretary, Racial Equity Workgroup Lead

Dr. Aarti Bhatt is Internal Medicine and Pediatrics trained physician at the University of Minnesota. She is the daughter of Indian immigrants from Kenya and grew up in small town Wisconsin. She attended college at Marquette University, where she was introduced to ideas of social justice and liberation theology. After residency she completed a chief resident year in Global Health doing work in Tanzania and participating in Global health education for medical students and residents. She is an active member of the Social Medicine Consortium and has a particular interest in Narrative Medicine and dismantling systemic racism as a social force which drives health inequity. Currently she is working as a primary care doc in the Community University Health Care Center in Minneapolis.


Nathan Chomilo, Vice-President

Dr. Nathan Chomilo received a Zoology degree from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and was the Pediatric Chief Resident at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital. He practices as a General Pediatrician at Brookdale Clinic and an Internal Medicine Hospitalist at Methodist Hospital with Park Nicollet Health Services/HealthPartners. His interests include the impact early childhood education has on the long-term prospects of our children, how health literacy affects the care adults receive and addressing racial health equity. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Councils on Communications and Media & on Early Childhood, currently serves as the Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Minnesota, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School, has been appointed to Governor Mark Dayton’s Early Learning Council.


Malini DeSilva, Communications Co-Chair

Dr. Malini DeSilva is originally from Topeka, Kansas and attended Boston College. She spent the year after college graduation working as an employment case manager for homeless individuals on Skid Row in Los Angeles. She received an M.D. from Mayo Medical School and her Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. Her master's thesis focused on the return on investment of a housing first program for chronically homeless, single adults. She completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota during which she was a participant in the University of Minnesota’s Global Health Pathway. After residency, she moved to Portland, Oregon to work as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) office for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After completing EIS, she moved back to Minnesota and worked for HealthPartners as a primary care internal medicine and pediatric physician and clinician researcher. Her research with HealthPartners focused on refugee health and vaccine safety issues. She is currently the Deputy Medical Director for the Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention & Control Division at the Minnesota Department of Health.


Elizabeth Hofbauer, Member Engagement Co-Chair

Dr.  Hofbauer is a physician practicing internal medicine and pediatrics in the ambulatory and inpatient setting with Allina Health.  She did her medical training at Saint Louis University and her residency at the University of Minnesota.  She serves as associate lead in her ambulatory clinic with primary role to review that quality of care goals are equitable and improving among all patients.


Ryan Kelly, Member Engagement Co-Chair

Dr. Kelly is a University of Minnesota Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, general medicine hospitalist, and medicine and pediatrics primary care physician at the Community and University Health Care Center, Federally Qualified Health Care Clinic, in Minneapolis, where he provides medical care to a diverse group of pediatric and adult patients with varied acute and chronic illnesses including opioid dependence/opioid use disorder.  He received his medical training at the Wayne State School of Medicine, and did his residency in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. He also was honored to serve as a Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota, VA site. His primary research interests include quality improvement and improving health equity in both the inpatient and outpatient realms, as well as in education, especially in mentorship and coaching graduate and undergraduate medical education. He also is interested in improving health disparities locally and globally.


Cuong Pham, Treasurer, Racial Equity Workgroup Lead

Dr. Cuong Pham is internal medicine and pediatrics trained. He was born in Vietnam and escaped as refugee at an early age. He was raised in Little Canada, Minnesota and is a proud lifelong Golden Gopher from his undergraduate education to residency training. Currently he splits his time doing inpatient medicine at the University of Minnesota and primary care at the Community University Health Care Center.  He is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota and is the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee for Graduate Medical Education. He has a focus on immigrant health and has worked abroad from South Africa to Vietnam. He is a licensed Buprenorphine provider, treating patients with opiate addiction. He is also interested in further understanding the impact of opiates on our marginalized populations.


Elizabeth Rogers, Chairperson

Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Rogers is an Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota (UMN). She works as a primary care physician in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Community University Health Care Center. She also conducts research as part of the UMN Program in Health Disparities Research. Her research focuses on improving primary care systems to support patients with social vulnerability and complex chronic diseases, particularly diabetes. She has studied models such as peer coaches and community health workers, and enjoys projects done in collaboration with community and other stakeholders. She has worked with communities domestically and in Central America and Mexico, and served as a board member of Doctors for Global Health for nine years. Beth is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. After finishing her residency training at the Harvard Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Boston Children’s Hospital program, she completed the Primary Care Research Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.


Madhuri Shors, Communications Co-Chair

Dr. Madhuri Kasat Shors is the Chief Psychiatrist at Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) where she provides care for a diverse population including immigrants and refugees and oversees psychiatric clinical quality. She is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Shors graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Neuroscience, was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, and then worked as a health educator at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center in NYC. She went on to obtain a M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.D. from George Washington University School of Medicine, and completed residency in Adult Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance / Harvard Medical School. Her interests include topics that straddle public health & medicine: whole-person care, sociocultural dimensions of mental health and illness, attachment, trauma & the effects of racism on mental health, and mindfulness meditation & body-based practices for healing and fostering resilience.


Tyler Winkelman, Member Engagement Co-Chair, Health Coverage Workgroup Lead

Dr. Tyler Winkelman is an internist, pediatrician, and health services researcher at Hennepin County Medical Center and an assistant professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. He completed his medical school and Med-Peds training at the University of Minnesota. He obtained a master’s degree in health and health care research at the University of Michigan through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.

Dr. Winkelman studies the impact of health insurance and health care services for low-income individuals, particularly those with a history of criminal justice involvement. He is also interested in issues that disproportionately impact justice-involved individuals like mental health and substance use. His work has been published in JAMA IM, JAMA Pediatrics, American Journal of Public Health, and Journal of General Internal Medicine.