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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.

Children’s Minnesota and Project SEARCH

Children’s Minnesota is proud to be a partner of Project SEARCH, a program that helps prepare individuals with special needs for employment. In 2022, Children’s Minnesota celebrated the 10th anniversary of our partnership. Children’s Minnesota was one of the first two Project SEARCH programs in Minnesota.

Testifying for transgender and gender diverse youth

Every day that I'm in the Children’s Minnesota Gender Health clinic, I hear from patients and families who wonder if they will have to flee our state in order to continue to love and support their transgender child. That’s why I have been to the Minnesota State Capitol several times the past two months fighting to protect and support transgender and gender diverse youth.

Children’s Minnesota’s DEI team receives honorable mention for the 2023 Winds of Change award

Children’s Minnesota congratulates our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team for receiving an honorable mention for the 2023 Winds of Change Award presented by The Forum on Workplace Inclusion.

Community health: hearing vs. listening

One of our values at Children’s Minnesota is “Listen, really listen.” Listening to the kids and families we serve, listening to our colleagues. It builds trust and relationships. It helps us learn how we can best help kids be as healthy as possible. That’s the idea behind the Community Health Needs Assessment.

Black history is American history. Meet my heroes.

Kids need people they can look up to. People who look like them. American heroes like Roy, Nellie and Rose Mary.

Children’s Minnesota employee resource group members celebrate Black History Month

At Children's Minnesota, our employee resource groups (ERG) are supportive allies for each another, regardless of which ERG they are involved in. This Black History Month, we asked some of our ERG members what they're doing to recognize, celebrate and raise awareness.

Never forget: Remembering the importance of our shared humanity

As you take a moment to remember the Holocaust, I also encourage you to take a moment to reflect on your role in speaking out against attempts to dehumanize others.

Role of bias at the bedside: Children’s Minnesota pioneered a course for employees to practice implicit bias mitigation strategies

As part of our commitment to health equity, Children's Minnesota pioneered and developed an interactive simulation training course called "The Role of Bias in De-escalation" which began to roll out to employees in 2020. This course provides an opportunity for employees to practice implicit bias mitigation strategies and de-escalation skills in a simulated environment with actors.

I pledged to advance equity at Children’s Minnesota. Here’s what we’ve done so far.

As we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Children's Minnesota CEO Marc Gorelick looks at progress on an equity action pledge he signed in 2018.