Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety

Health Care Disparities

Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems serve an increasingly diverse population. They are working hard to meet the changing needs of their communities and ensure that every individual receives the highest quality of care.  

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) identified specific disparities in health outcomes in communities across the state and highlighted the need to strengthen efforts to close the significant gaps that exist. According to MDH, the groups that experience the greatest disparities in health outcomes also have experienced the greatest inequities in the social and economic conditions that are strong predictors of health.

To reduce health inequities, hospitals and health systems must redouble efforts to align quality improvement goals with disparities solutions. MHA developed a toolkit and resources to help hospitals and health systems identify, address and eliminate health care disparities.

Download the Health Equity Organizational Assessment, collaboratively created by the HIIN Equity Affinity Group.

#123forEquity Pledge to Act

In October 2015, MHA signed the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate health care disparities and support members in achieving the campaign’s goals. Updated in 2018, the pledge is a call to action that focuses on:

  • Increasing the collection and use of race, ethnicity and language (REL) preference data
  • Increasing cultural competency training
  • Increasing diversity in governance and leadership
  • Improving and strengthening community partnerships

Hospitals have an opportunity to lead on this important issue. MHA encourages all member hospitals to take the pledge and make progress toward achieving the national goals.