Children’s Minnesota leaders Dr. Emily Chapman and Dr. Gabrielle Hester talk about the urgency of addressing health disparities. “We must be transparent about our shortcomings as health care institutions and actively work to address the implicit, institutional and structural biases that impact quality of care. Because only when we know what the problem is, can we begin to address it.”
“It’s important that as a community we work hard to defeat the monster of low expectations. Most kids in elementary school, regardless of race or background, are equally interested in the same things,” said Andrew Kiragu, MD, pediatric critical care, Children’s Minnesota. “But unfortunately, somewhere along the way for young black boys, these dreams slowly fade away. And part of that is, lower expectations presented to them and lack of role models. This is why it’s important for those of us in medicine, engineering, etc. to reach back and give an example to excite them the possibilities that are ahead of them.”
Children's Minnesota is excited to share we will relaunch our Equity and Inclusion summer internship program in 2021. Learn more about the program and our partners.
We talked with Children’s Minnesota employees about the significance and meaning of Black History Month.