Nneka O. Sederstrom named Chief Health Equity Officer

nneka-sederstrom-v3Nneka O. Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, MA, FCCP, FCCM has joined Hennepin Healthcare as its Chief Health Equity Officer. In this role, Dr. Sederstrom joins Hennepin Healthcare’s Executive Leadership Team to drive organizational work to assess, build, and execute strategies to cultivate a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and transform how care is delivered. She is a recognized national speaker on many topics including racism, racial disparities, bias, crisis standards of care and treatment, end-of-life care and many aspects of diversity and ethics.

Working collaboratively with teams from across Hennepin Healthcare, Dr. Sederstrom will develop and implement sustainable practices that foster and affirm a patient care environment where disparities are eliminated and all patients can achieve optimal health outcomes. She will also foster community involvement through Hennepin Healthcare’s Community Advisory Board and build other alliances and partnerships to better align care and service models with the communities served by the healthcare system.

“Dr. Sederstrom brings a proven record as a change agent, the ability to bring diverse groups forward together realizing the importance of everyone’s role in optimal health and healing, and proven leadership transforming clinical practice to realized health outcomes,” said Hennepin Healthcare CEO Jennifer DeCubellis.

This extensive leadership experience in program development, training, speaking and writing about racism, social justice, ethics, and their impact on the delivery of healthcare comes from many significant roles held by Dr. Sederstrom, including most recently her position as Director of Clinical Ethics Department at Children’s Minnesota. Prior to this she was the Director of the Center for Ethics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, where she also led the Spiritual Care Department and she was the creator and Executive Director of the Journal of Hospital Ethics.

On a local level, Dr. Sederstrom serves on the MN COVID Ethics Collaborative, Metro Compact Critical Care Core, Minnesota Medical Association Ethics and Legal Committee, and is Vice Chair of the Make-A-Wish Minnesota board of directors.

Dr. Sederstrom earned a BA in Philosophy from George Washington University, MA in Philosophy and PhD in Sociology from Howard University, and a MPH in Global Health Management from George Washington University. She is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Critical Care Medicine, and an affiliate faculty member of the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics.

“We feel strongly that to change the trajectory of our community, we need to change how healthcare is delivered from the ground up,” explains DeCubellis. “Dr. Sederstrom brings the vision, energy, and leadership to advance us on that journey. We are excited to welcome her and leverage the incredible talent across our organization in partnership with her to drive this work forward.”

Dr. Ashley Bjorklund named Medical Director of Pediatric Critical Care at HCMC

Dr. Ashley Bjorklund was recently named Medical Director of Pediatric Critical Care at HCMC, Hennepin Healthcare’s flagship hospital and Pediatric Level I Trauma Center located in downtown Minneapolis.

Dr. Bjorklund graduated from Rush Medical College, earning Clinical Excellence and Alpha Omega Alpha awards as a student. She completed her Medicine and Pediatrics Residency at the University of Minnesota (UMN), and then served as a Medical Officer in the US Navy at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune from 2011-13 before returning the UMN for a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care, where she received the UMN Outstanding Fellow Teacher Award all three years of her fellowship.

In 2016, Dr. Bjorklund returned to active duty military service at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), where she was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and served as Medical Director of their Pediatric ICU. After her military service, Dr. Bjorklund returned to Minnesota to join Hennepin Healthcare’s Department of Pediatrics.

“We are so fortunate to have Dr. Bjorklund leading our Pediatric Critical Care services,” said Dr. Diana Cutts, Chief of Pediatrics at Hennepin Healthcare. “Her remarkable accomplishments and background exemplifies a commitment to caring for children and finding innovative ways to improve that care.”

In addition to her clinical care responsibilities at Hennepin Healthcare, Dr. Bjorklund provides pediatric critical care coverage at Masonic Children’s Hospital, is a member of the Global Pediatrics faculty, and is the UMN Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program Director. Her special interests include pediatric critical care in resource-limited settings, care of refugee and immigrant children, utilization of point-of-care ultrasound, medical education and simulation.

For more than 127 years, HCMC has successfully taken care of critically ill and injured children. That experience makes a huge difference when a child’s life is at risk. HCMC is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center with the right people and equipment in place, ready to care for critically injured children from the time of injury through rehabilitation. For more information about pediatric trauma and critical care services at HCMC, go to www.hennepinhealthcare.org/picu.