racial & health equity resources

General information on racial/ethnic health inequities, Minnesota-specific statistics, and action steps. 


Race and health inequities:

Minnesota statistics:

Minnesota has one of the largest gaps in health between racial and ethnic groups even though Minnesota consistently ranks as one of the healthiest states in the country. 

  • Here's a primer on race and health equity in Minnesota: Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota
  • Key findings from the 2016 Minnesota Health Equity of Care Report:
    • African American and American Indian babies die in the first year of life at twice the rate of white babies. While infant mortality rates for all groups have declined, the disparity in rates has existed for over 20 years.
    • American Indian, Hispanic/Latino, and African American youth have the highest rates of obesity.
    • Intimate partner violence affects 11 to 24 percent of high school seniors, with the highest rates among American Indian, African American and Hispanic/Latino students.
    • African American and Hispanic/Latino women in Minnesota are more likely to be diagnosed with later-stage breast cancer.


To achieve Health Equity for all we must address the structural racism, within medicine as well as other institutions, and other factors that allow these disparities to exist.

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