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Current Updates

The Learning Together phase came to a close at the end of September. We are moving into the Creating Together phase.

During this phase, we are closely analyzing what the community has shared with us during the Learning Together phase and evaluating the broader healthcare landscape and social influencers of health in Hennepin County.

The goal is to have a complete picture of what our community wants and needs — as well as how we advance health equity. This plan will be unlike any other health system model because it is informed by and built for the community we serve. By harnessing community wisdom and quantitative insights, our team will consider innovative possibilities to meet our community’s needs and wishes for health.

Learn more about Our Plan and download a postcard to share your creativity and insights for healthcare.

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Updates From the CEO

Jennifer DeCubellis, the CEO of Hennepin Healthcare, is sharing monthly updates about this exciting project. We welcome you to read past newsletters below — and be sure to subscribe for all future newsletters.

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Voices of Hennepin Healthcare

This series showcases a few of the very passionate members of our community and team who are creating a more equitable future. All articles are featured on the Here for Life Blog.

Expert and Artist Design Team

In the next two phases of effort, Creating Together and Planning Together, Hennepin Healthcare and our consulting partners will collaborate with a team of healthcare experts, community leaders and artists to build out opportunities for strategic shifts to overall care.

The Expert and Artist Design Team’s role is to ensure we keep community wisdom centralized in the planning process while helping us push the boundaries of our collective imagination. This team will help identify, honor and amplify the needs shared by our community earlier this year, while also developing highly creative and future-oriented possibilities with and for Hennepin Healthcare.

This team includes members of our local community with extensive experience working across health equity, community development and art-based organizing. Hennepin Healthcare is proud to be working alongside this team of community designers:

  • Miamon Queeglay, University of Minnesota School of Public Health Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity
  • Bobby Rogers, The Bureau
  • Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson, World Savvy
  • Roger Cummings, Juxtaposition Arts
  • Chango Cummings, Juxtaposition Arts
  • Junauda Petrus-Nasah, Free Black Dirt
  • Heather C. Lou, Voices for Racial Justice
  • Denise Hanh Huynh, Coalition of Asian American Leaders
  • Mary Anne Quiroz, Indigenous Roots Cultural Art Center

The Expert and Artist Design Team will convene for four Community Design workshops alongside Hennepin Healthcare scheduled on the following dates:

Workshop 1: November 17, 2021
Workshop 2: December 09, 2021
Workshop 3: January 20, 2022
Workshop 4: February 02, 2022

Common Questions

Hennepin Healthcare launched community engagement and future planning to create a more just and equitable healthcare experience in Hennepin County.

The community served by our healthcare system has been directly engaged to share thoughts, ideas and wishes for how they would like to receive healthcare. Collectively, we are now creating a vision for the future of Hennepin Healthcare that improves community benefit, access, outcomes and value.

This effort is centered around listening, learning, collaborating and creating new systems that integrate future organizational plans with the desires and goals of the diverse and vibrant community we are honored to serve.

This project welcomed and reached out to a variety of team members, including hourly workers, executive leaders, frontline care providers, patients and members of our community that have experienced discrimination or increased barriers when accessing healthcare. We also engaged broader community members representing public and private sectors who also want to build a future that includes excellent health for all.

Ultimately, community wisdom means that the lived experiences of patients, team members, families, neighbors and the community at large inform how Hennepin Healthcare cares for people in the ways they both need and want to seek and receive healthcare.

For Hennepin Healthcare to fulfill our mission of delivering equitable care — now and in the future — we must listen to and learn from you.

You know your community best. We seek to know more about you and your loved ones’ healthcare needs, experiences and challenges — as well as your boldest desires for equitable care.

We are continuing to ask for your input. Please request or download a postcard to share your insights. The drawings you create will be examined by a committee of community designers who will integrate your vision into this process.

Since beginning the project, we have learned with and from over 1,130 community and team members in English, Somali, Spanish, Lao and Hmong through five different methods. We engaged these communities using both virtual and in-person methods including: key-informant (individual) interviews, small group discussions, community pop-ups, surveys and a community forum.

We are grateful to all who shared their time, energy, experiences and insights with us. We want to specifically thank our team members for your support of this project while simultaneously caring for our patients with great dedication.

The Learning Together phase came to a close at the end of September. We are moving seamlessly into the Creating Together phase.

During this phase, we are closely analyzing what the community has shared with us during the Learning Together phase and evaluating the broader healthcare landscape and social influencers of health in Hennepin County.

The goal is to have a complete picture of what our community wants and needs — as well as how we advance health equity.

During this phase, we are closely analyzing what the community has generously shared with us to date. This wisdom will help us develop a detailed understanding of what our community wants and needs.

Our postcard project continues gathering insights from our community.

We are also convening a Community Design Team of equity experts and artists. They will help ensure we keep community wisdom central in our planning and promote creative, future-oriented thinking.

We are currently collecting, organizing and reviewing all information. We will share key learnings from the community engagement by the end of 2021.

Please see our current updates page, Voices of Hennepin Healthcare blog series and sign up for our monthly newsletter from Jennifer DeCubellis, CEO of Hennepin Healthcare.

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