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Health Equity

Minnesota ranks as one of the healthiest states in the nation by many measures, but a deeper look reveals startling gaps. Too many people are not as healthy as they can and should be, with disparities seen along racial and ethnic lines. Read the Minnesota Health Equity Reports and Data.

Nationally, the Institute of Medicine’s 2002 Report, Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethic Disparities in Health Care, found that a consistent body of research demonstrates significant variation in the rates of medical procedures by race, even when insurance status, income, age and severity of conditions are comparable.

Leaders from ICSI, MN Community Measurement and Stratis Health are engaged in efforts to establish a goal that would engage our clinical partners and those from communities we serve even more in improving equity. Read the 2015 Health Equity of Care report.

To learn more about ICSI's work in this area, contact Joann Foreman at 952-814-7062.

2015 Health Equities Focus

In November 2015, Thomas A Laveist, PhD, director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solution, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, presented a captivating Reinertsen Lecture entitled, “ Achieving Health Equity By Design.” Go to the Resources Page to learn more.

We also held a two-part webinar series in April and May of 2015 in collaboration with MN Community Measurement and Brooke Cunningham, MD, PhD, assistant professor, University of Minnesota Medical School. These sessions highlighted the 2014 Minnesota Health Equity of Care Report which presents quality data by race, ethnicity, preferred language, country of origin, and region of the state. Additionally, Minnesota providers shared how they are using this data to develop interventions to address disparities in asthma, diabetes, colorectal cancer or vascular care. Go to the Resources Page to learn more.

Health Equity Resources

Updated 03/02/16