Emily Barson, Executive Director, United States of Care (USofCare) issued the following statement today in response to the Joint Statement on Health Equity Guiding Principles released by Minnesota health care institutions:
“The global pandemic and resulting economic crisis have laid bare stark disparities in health outcomes – particularly for people of color. In the midst of these two crises, the systemic racism plaguing Minnesota was tragically exposed for the world to witness.
“Two years ago, United States of Care launched an initiative with Minnesota health care stakeholders, community leaders, and Wilder Research to develop a roadmap to end disparities in health outcomes throughout the state. The work resulted in a Feasibility Study, The Role of Health Care in Eliminating Health Inequities in Minnesota, and a Systems Transformation Framework.
“Today, Minnesota health system leaders pledged to a dozen principles to demonstrate their recognition and commitment as providers, employers, purchasers, and community partners to address racial disparities and inequities in health care for all. United States of Care supports this collective statement and urges the institutions to utilize the systems transformation framework to accelerate existing efforts to ensure all people – particularly those that have been most underserved – can live the healthiest life possible.”