HHRI is pleased to announce that Dr. Kate Diaz Vickery has been selected to serve as Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute’s (HHRI’s) first Vice President of Engagement. Dr. Vickery is a previous Hennepin Healthcare System (HHS) research scholar and HHRI investigator and Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. She is the co-founder/director of the HHRI’s Health, Homelessness, & Criminal Justice Lab and Medical Director of Hennepin County Health Care for the Homeless. She serves as Principal Investigator of a multi-million-dollar portfolio of federally funded projects and brings leadership expertise developed from these experiences to the role.
In this new role, Dr. Vickery will focus on seeking alignment around Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) with campus leaders and establishing a clear framework and consistent language to collaboratively develop a common vision around CEnR at Hennepin Healthcare. This will include connecting with internal stakeholders to refine the vision for CEnR and to ensure that it corresponds with the broad diversity of people and disciplines represented in HHRI’s research. As Dr. Vickery completes the requirements of her NIH Career Development award during this first year in her new role, her research team will support her in maintaining relationships with a variety of community partners and in facilitating connections between HHRI leaders and diverse communities during HHRI’s strategic planning process.
Establishing a coordinated approach that more clearly aligns the priorities of internal and external partners is the first step toward a more community focused research program at HHRI, and we believe Dr. Vickery will be highly effective in building the connections to achieve these goals. We are excited about the blend of experience, knowledge, and character that Dr. Vickery brings to this new role. Join us in congratulating her on her appointment.