working toward health equity for all Minnesotans

Activating clinicians to work toward health equity

Connect. Learn. Act.

MDHEQ co-sponsored a Health Equity Forum with the Minnesota Medical Association on January 24th. Bruce Thao from the MDH Center for Health Equity gave a moving keynote address asking the question "What is your health equity story?"  Dr. Brooke Cunningham, then spoke about race and the impact of structural racism, overt racism, and implicit bias on the health of people of color.  We then broke out into groups to identify action steps on the following issues:

  • What is the role of implicit and explicit bias in the opioid epidemic, and what can providers do about it?

  • What role do health care providers have in addressing social determinants of health in their patients lives?

  • How do literacy & health literacy contribute to the disparities we see? (And what can providers do about it?)

  • What can providers do to mitigate implicit bias and structural racism in our clinics, systems, and communities?

  • What can providers do to drive their health systems and clinics toward equitable care?

Health Coverage Workgroup

  • We support the MinnesotaCare Buy-in as a way to provide affordable, high quality health insurance to Minnesotans.  
  • We support continuing the provider tax as it is a critical means of keeping Minnesotans insured and funding the Healthcare Access Fund.  

Racial Equity Workgroup

  • Educate and activate physicians on how to eliminate racial inequities in health.  
  • Disseminate and implement equitable care best practices across the hospitals, clinics, and systems we work in.

Join Us

What does it mean to be a member of Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity (MDHEQ)?  

Our members are citizen physicians who advocate for health equity in all aspects of their professional, public, and private lives.  This is done in a variety of ways:

  • General Membership: Physicians who join MDHEQ endorse the organization’s policy positions and work toward health equity in their daily work. They receive regular emails about opportunities for action and service.
  • Workgroup Member: In addition to joining as a general member, physicians who wish to further health equity in a particular focus area may choose to participate in one or more workgroups. Workgroup members attend regular meetings, engage with community members and community organizations, and interact with legislators.  
  • Workgroup Lead: Each workgroup is headed by 1-2 physician leaders who organize the workgroup around specific and actionable goals, disseminate frequent and transparent communication to workgroup members, and attend meetings with the advisory board.
  • Advisory Board: MDHEQ is governed by a Board that develops and implements overall strategy for the organization. Advisory board members communicate daily, meet at least monthly, coordinate workgroups, and meet with organizations, community members, and legislators.

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Of all the forms of inequality,
injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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