Articles from James Burroughs, senior vice president, government and community relations and chief equity and inclusion officer at Children’s Minnesota

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What we need to think about when we think about equity

One thing I’ve learned working in diversity, equity and inclusion is meaningful change can uncover angst, resentment and racism. It’s also easy to make mistakes. An important step to avoiding mistakes? Thoroughly understanding what equity means.

We’re proud of the kid experts on our Gender Health team. The work they do is imperative.

As some states restrict access to gender health care, Children’s Minnesota remains committed to providing gender health care for kids. Two Children’s Minnesota leaders discuss why this care is so important and how they personally show up for the LGBTQ+ community.

Please donate blood. Especially if you are Black.

It’s understandable why many African Americans don’t donate blood. At one point in our history, we were turned away. But this Juneteenth, I urge you to take equity action that could save the lives of people fighting sickle cell disease. People like 15-year-old Mikayla Sarai.

Dr. Marc Gorelick and James Burroughs reflect on George Floyd’s impact on advancing health equity

The American Hospital Association gathered leaders from Children’s Minnesota, Allina Health and M Health Fairview to discuss how Floyd’s murder and the racial reckoning that followed impacted the future of their work to advance health equity.

The Kid Experts join the Accelerating Health Equity Conference

Kid experts from Children’s Minnesota shared their health equity experience during the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Accelerating Health Equity Conference, held in Minneapolis May 16-18.

If we’re going to eliminate racial disparities in our state, Minnesota’s business community has to be on board. Our state’s future depends on it.

“Our economy depends on us addressing the disparities that Black people face,” says Tiffani Daniels, leader of the Minnesota Business Coalition for Racial Equity, formed after the murder of George Floyd in 2020. We’re no longer in crisis mode, but as Daniels says, the stakes are too high not to prioritize the work.

If health equity were easy to achieve, we’d have done it by now! But the last few years have helped us move forward.

"The biggest obstacle associated with (health equity) work is resourcing it properly. And this work must also be situated in the organization at a level where it can influence other the most appropriate and efficient way." Health equity experts U. Michael Currie and Bukata Hayes share their thoughts on what's hindering the work — and what's helping it.

Black maternal health: we must protect Black women through our transformative actions because mere words are no longer enough 

Symbolic and performative gestures are no longer acceptable when it comes to Black maternal health disparities. In Minnesota the statistics are startling. In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, Brittany L. Wright and State Rep. Ruth Richardson share what’s behind the disparities and how we can all replace symbolic and performative gestures with meaningful and transformative actions. It is these actions that will lead to systemic change and racial equity in Black Maternal health.

Equity action: starting at the top

“What can I do?” is a question I often hear. I hear it from people who want to create an equitable world, but don’t know how to start. Equity actions come in many forms. Every few months, I’m going to share one; a concrete step you can take to advance equity in your community and your workplace.

Our kid experts join Becker’s Hospital Review’s 13th Annual Meeting

We’re excited that four of our kid experts from Children’s Minnesota will join Becker’s Hospital Review’s 13th Annual Meeting: Dr. Marc Gorelick, president and CEO; Jennifer Olson, SVP & chief operations officer; James Burroughs, senior vice president, government and community relations and chief equity and inclusion officer; and Laurin Cathey, senior vice president and chief human resources officer.