Equitable Health Care Task Force members named

The Equitable Health Care Task Force was established by the Minnesota Legislature during its 2023 session, charged with examining inequities in […]

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The Equitable Health Care Task Force was established by the Minnesota Legislature during its 2023 session, charged with examining inequities in how people experience health care based on race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, age and disability. The task force will identify strategies for ensuring that all Minnesotans can receive care and coverage that is respectful and ensures optimal health outcomes. 

Members will conduct community engagement across multiple systems, sectors and communities to identify barriers for these population groups that result in diminished standards of care and foregone care. The task force is also charged with identifying promising practices to improve the experience of care and health outcomes for people in these population groups.  

Its work will conclude with recommendations for changes in health care system practices or health insurance regulations to address identified issues. Those recommendations will be included in reports submitted for legislative consideration and posted on the Equitable Health Care Task Force webpage. 

“Year after year, the data show Minnesota is one of the healthiest states with some of the worst health disparities,” Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Brooke Cunningham said. “One of my primary goals as commissioner is to make sure all Minnesotans have the opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This task force is a critical component of our work, and I could not be more proud of the quality and level of expertise represented among these members.” 

Task force members represent an array of constituencies, while some are general members. Sonny Wasilowski is a member representing disability communities MDH will convene the first meeting of the task force on January 17. All meetings of the task force will be open to the public. 

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