Commitment to Health Equity
Realize health equity for Minnesota
Health equity is the ability for historically marginalized and socioeconomically disadvantaged persons to receive the necessary resources needed to provide them the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
We believe equity is essential for optimal health outcomes. We are committed to partnering with our entire community, both internal and external, in achieving their fullest health potential by actively eliminating barriers due to racism, or any other consequence of social position or socially influenced circumstances experienced by Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
We will accomplish this through:
- Collaborating with our community leaders
- Developing strong government relations
- Establishing equity-focused public policy
- Abolishing barriers due to systemic racism
- Improving access and quality of care
- Building trust through transparency
- Leveraging technology
- Creating a diverse workforce and addressing pay equity
- Ethical research
- Creating and retaining a healthcare workforce that embraces culturally responsive and trauma-informed care strategies for all team members.
Racism is a public health crisis that affects the entire community.
Racism is an ongoing public health crisis that urgently demands more focused attention. Our Board of Directors will work with Hennepin County to move on a shared path toward equity and justice for all Minnesotans.
The Board of Directors declares health equity a strategic priority for Hennepin Healthcare. We will advocate for relevant policies that improve health in Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color. We will support local, state, regional, and federal initiatives that advance efforts to dismantle systemic racism and will promote community efforts to amplify issues of racism and its impact on health.
Read Hennepin Healthcare’s 2022 Health Equity Report
In August 2020, the Hennepin Healthcare Board of Directors passed the resolution, “Declaration of Health Equity a Strategic Priority,” taking a strong stand on racism as a public health crisis and stating clear expectations of action. Read our 2022 Health Equity Report for a summary of our ongoing work and progress on the strategies and actions outlined for the board. A video below shares the highlights.
Health Equity Highlights Newsletter
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