Hennepin Healthcare is creating an equitable vision for the future of health care

Minnesota’s premier trauma, wellness, and safety net health system seeking community input

Hennepin Healthcare is conducting a community engagement and planning process that will lead to a bold new strategy for a more just and equitable healthcare experience in Hennepin County and beyond.

 “We are inviting our community of patients, team members, and neighbors to help us create the future of Hennepin Healthcare,” said CEO Jennifer DeCubellis. “Health care is at a crossroads right now and Hennepin Healthcare faces decisions about its physical facilities that can no longer be deferred. We’ve been here for more than 130 years and now is the right time for our community to help us reimagine how we can provide care to improve outcomes and address inequities, and provide better value, access, and community benefit for the next 100 years.”

Community wisdom means that the lived experiences of patients, team members, families, neighbors, and community-at-large will inform how Hennepin Healthcare continues to care for people in the ways they need and want to seek and receive care.

“It is important for us to partner on developing health care services and facilities that are not only ‘for us’ but also ‘by us’. Working together will get us to the goal of eliminating health inequities in our community,” said Chief Health Equity Officer Nneka Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, MA, FCCP, FCCM.

To bring the voices of the community into the planning process, patients, team members, neighbors, and the broader community have been participating in interviews, visioning sessions, creative conversations, community pop ups and a survey.

A virtual community forum is scheduled for Sept. 16, from 11:30 – 1 PM. This event is open to all and registration is at https://bit.ly/3AW4FZS.

The healthcare system is actively listening to the voices of the community to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive and responsive plan. Partners with deep local trust and Minnesota roots are working alongside the system to build the vision for the future. Imagine Deliver, a highly respected local design firm, is working with Hennepin Healthcare on the community engagement phase and the results will inform development of a business strategy and an integrated vision of how the system’s presence will be a transformative anchoring point for health equity in our community.

To learn more and stay informed, visit the Our Future website at www.hennepinhealthcare.org/ourfuture/

About Hennepin Healthcare
Hennepin Healthcare is an integrated system of care that includes HCMC, a nationally recognized Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and acute care hospital, as well as a clinic system with primary care clinics located in Minneapolis and across Hennepin County. The comprehensive healthcare system includes the hospital and outpatient Clinic & Specialty Center downtown and a network of clinics in several Minneapolis neighborhoods and the suburban communities of Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley, Richfield, and St. Anthony Village. The system includes the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute and Hennepin Healthcare Foundation. It is operated by Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., a subsidiary corporation of Hennepin County.

Medical leaders urge COVID-19 vaccinations for Black, American Indian/Indigenous, Latino, and communities of color

Concerned about the steady rise in COVID-19 among unvaccinated patients, Hennepin Healthcare caregivers are speaking out to encourage community support for the vaccine – especially among those who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

“I know everyone is tired of hearing this message, but as providers who see this day in and day out, we can’t remain quiet when every day we’re caring for members of our communities who are becoming infected with or dying from this preventable virus,” explains Dr. Aaron Robinson, one of the few American Indian Academic Emergency Physicians in the U.S. “It’s disheartening: your life matters and you make a difference in our community. Please make the choice to get vaccinated.”

On Wednesday, September 1 at 10 a.m. Dr. Robinson will be joined by some of his colleagues to speak to the importance of COVID-19 vaccination and what they are seeing – as well as what they do NOT want to see – in the emergency department and throughout the hospital in the coming months. They will be joined by some of their peers as well as others who have been affected by COVID-19 and support the vaccine.

The news conference will take place in the Stillman Conference Room at Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic & Specialty Center located at 715 S. 8th St., Minneapolis, 55404.

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