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

Groupsite Community Networking Platform:



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


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


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


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


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

2020-2021 RIG Awards

The 2020-2021 RIG Awards Nominations are now closed.  Please be sure to attend the RIG Annual Meeting right before the 2021 Annual Research Conference in March 2021 for the announcement of RIG Award Winners.


2020- 2021 Goals

  • Continue quarterly HDPRIG newsletter with member highlight
  • Submit for Competitive Symposium for 2021
  • Regular contact via monthly/bi-monthly meetings via Zoom or telephone conference
  • Consider the use of Group Site (new collaborative platform by MNRS in the future (when available)
  • Set up a Google Doc to share ideas
  • Plan writing ideas – collaborative papers

Overall/Long Term Goals

  • Submit for Guaranteed Symposium 2022
  • Plan at least one collaborative manuscript submission

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 2020 Annual Research Conference
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