Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a leadership development opportunity for teams of researchers and community partners– including organizers, advocates, or other community champions. These teams use the power of applied research—research that informs and supports critical work being done in communities—to advance health and equity. Their innovation helps build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

Each year, applicant teams focus on one of two annual themes. The two themes for the 2018 Interdisciplinary Research Leaders CFA are 1. Solutions for better health care delivery in rural America and 2. Addressing the social and economic determinants to prevent chronic conditions and to promote health, wellbeing, and equity in rural America.

IRL fellows receive $25,000 per year for each team member ($75,000 over three years) to support time in the program (approximately one day per week), and a one-time research project grant of approximately $100,000 for the team. There’s no need to relocate—fellows gather several times per year in-person, then collaborate virtually and apply learnings in real time in their home communities. They become refreshed and recharged, ready to use their innovation and leadership to advance a Culture of Health.

We hope you will apply, and share this opportunity with others you know who are doing great work to advance health and equity in the US. Regardless of professional fields, we’re looking for great thinkers from many backgrounds and perspectives! If you have any questions, please send an email to

“I am invigorated to be part of a network of academics and community partners united by the potential for collaborative research to create meaningful social change.”

— Farrah Jaquez, PhD, IRL fellow in Cincinnati, OH

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders
University of Minnesota
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Minneapolis, MN 55454

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A National Leadership Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

CUDenver Social Justice Program Event: Jeannette Vizguerra/Wednesday March 14th

27788089_10155704597259331_6571842640657397137_oThe Social Justice Program at the University of Colorado Denver is a proud co-sponsor of the 3rd Annual Colorado Critical Interdisciplinary Speaker Series featuring Jeanette Vizguerra, who Time Magazine named one of the “100 Most Influential People of 2017.” Jeannette will deliver a talk about her life experiences in the United States entitled “Immigrant Mother and Leader in the Global Struggle to Keep Families Together.  
This talk will be a bilingual event delivered in both English and Spanish. The event is free and open to the public.
When: Wednesday March 14th @7:00pm
Where: Student Commons, Room 2600 (1201 Larimer St.)

New Social Justice Events Calendar: Feb/March 2018

February 7
Seeing the Visual World in Health & Disorder (talk #1)
Wild, Strange, Chaotic, and Black: Schizophrenia & Art (talk #2)
When: February 7; 5-6pm
Where: Inworks—CU Building (aka CU Architecture) Room 1300
Sponsors: Creative Research Collaborative (CRC) Fellows (poster below)
February 8
‘Wheelchair Sports Camp” with Kalyn Heffernan (Outspoken Speaker Series)
When: February 8; 7pm
Where: Tivoli Multicultural Lounge, Tivoli 261
Sponsors: LGBTQ Student Resource Center (poster below)
February 14
Love is a Drag—Valentines Day Drag Show
When: February 14; 2-6pm
Where: Tivoli Turnahalle
Sponsors: LGBTQ Student Resource Center (poster below)
“Wind River” Movie Screening
When: February 14; 9:30am-12:30pm
Where: Tivoli Multicultural Lounge, Tivoli 261
Sponsors: American Indian Student Services


March 8
Women’s Leadership Conference: Beyond the Binary
When: March 8th; 8am-5pm
Where: Tivoli Student Union
‘Women Behaving Badly” with Adrienne Norris (Outspoken Speaker Series)
When: March 8; 7pm
Where: Tivoli Multicultural Lounge, Tivoli 261
Sponsors: LGBTQ Student Resource Center (poster below)
March 9
That’s What She Said
When: March 9th; Time TBD
Where: Tivoli Turnhalle
Sponsors: TBD (poster below)
March 10
2018 Rocky Mountain Peer Leadership Conference