Minal Patel, PhD, MPH is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior & Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Broadly, Dr. Patel’s research focuses on improving capacity for individuals and health systems to access affordable health care and manage common chronic diseases through the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions. Her funded research is focused on reducing barriers to health care access, health care provider education, and increasing patient and health care provider collaboration to improve meaningful health outcomes. Dr. Patel is currently a School of Public Health representative on the IPE Curriculum Workgroup, and a public health faculty advisor for the U-M Student-Run Free Clinic in Pinckney, MI. At the School of Public Health, she teaches a foundational course on psychosocial factors in health behavior and behavior change theories, and a practice-based course where students work on projects to serve community-based agencies and non-profits in Southeast Michigan that have a health mission.