Roshanak MehdipanahRoshanak Mehdipanah of the Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MiCDA), has received the University of Michigan’s Henry Russel Award. The award is the university’s highest honor for faculty members at the early- to mid- stages of their careers.

Dr. Mehdipanah is an Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the School of Public Health and has established herself as a world leader in research on urban health equity. Her influential work examines the impacts of socio-economic conditions, built environment, policies and governance on the health of individuals and communities.

She joined U-M in 2015 and has forged deep partnerships with Detroit community-based organizations and leaders. Working with the longstanding Detroit Healthy Environments Partnership, she conducted the first application in the country of the World Health Organization’s Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool to identify specific social determinants of health that affect different areas of the city.

Mehdipanah’s research contributions have direct impact on shaping the equity of policies that affect the health and well-being of city residents.