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In Focus: Disparities and Distrust in BIPOC Health Care
Minnesota consistently lands on lists of states with the best health care. But if you’re Indigenous or a person of color, you’re not included in the high marks the state receives in metrics like healthcare access or public health outcomes. Racial disparities persist in everything from breast cancer, infant mortality and heart disease rates to incidences of injury and violence. And this year, COVID-19 and George Floyd’s killing sowed additional doubt within BIPOC communities that existing systems—and the people who operate in them—are equipped and committed to closing the gaps in care and health outcomes.

Public health and health system leaders have acknowledged 2020’s stark reminder: Racism and Minnesota’s health care disparity problem remain unsolved. Yet community-based, culturally competent care, telemedicine and other solutions are becoming more common in the state. And those calling for change include both future doctors marching on campuses and the CEOs of some of the state’s largest health care organizations.

Join MPR News host Angela Davis for our latest In Focus event, a conversation with advocates and health care providers working to address racial disparities in health care.

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Jan 27, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Antony Stately, PhD, LP
Antony Stately serves as chief executive officer for the Native American Community Clinic, a federally qualified health care center in south Minneapolis that provides primary dental and behavioral health care and substance abuse services to the Twin Cities Native American community. He is a clinical psychologist who has worked in clinics, research centers and academic programs across the country and has served as a consultant and adviser to government agencies and nonprofits. He is an enrolled Oneida member and a descendant of White Earth and Red Lake Ojibwe.
Naomi Windham
Naomi Windham is a nurse practitioner with Hennepin County Health Care for the Homeless. She provides medical care at clinics within the shelter system and as a medical provider for the Hennepin County COVID isolation hotels. Her interests include women’s health, homelessness, racial disparities in health care and diabetes management. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a family nurse practitioner focus from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Stella Whitney-West
Stella Whitney-West serves as chief executive officer of NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, a federally qualified health center serving north Minneapolis and Hennepin County. She has led NorthPoint for more than a decade and has extensive experience in governance and policy. She was recently named chair of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation Twin Cities advisory committee. LISC has channeled more than $2 million into the Twin Cities region for COVID-19 relief. NorthPoint has a 50-year history and is governed by a community board of directors comprised of NorthPoint patients and people who live or work in the community.