United Health Group’s $1 million grant helps Minnesota Community Care support Saint Paul youth

In 2020, UnitedHealth Group provided a $1 million grant to Minnesota Community Care to address the health and wellness needs of underserved people in St. Paul during the pandemic and following civil unrest last summer. The partnership has enabled us—the state’s largest federally qualified health center—to address urgent needs by providing health services, mobile clinics, increased social work services, and more. “2020 challenged our society in many ways, but it was not without hope. Communities, health systems, and leaders stepped up and together worked to address challenges our country has struggled with for years – racial inequality, social determinants of health,...

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Shawna Hedlund announced to be 2020 Health Care Hero

Shawna Hedlund announced to be 2020 Health Care Hero

Good healthcare is built on good health care policy. As our director of access and advocacy, Shawna Hedlund leads programs designed to address barriers to care, engages in legislative advocacy in state-wide and national capacities, and supports our Health Start program which provides care in St. Paul Public Schools. Join us in congratulating Shawna Hedlund a 2020 Health Care Hero!  To honor the work of healthcare workers, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has launched the Health Care Heroes awards, recognizing individuals in the Twin Cities for putting innovation, care, dedication and compassion to work to improve the human condition.  

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Sandy Naughton 2020 Brad McDonnell Commitment to Care Award Winner

Sandy Naughton 2020 Brad McDonnell Commitment to Care Award Winner

Minnesota, 25th February, 2021– Sandy Naughton, a health education manager with Minnesota Community Care, has been awarded the 2021 Brad McDonnell Commitment to Care Award, which recognizes exceptional impact by healthcare workers in their communities. Every day, healthcare professionals at Minnesota Community Care dedicate their lives to going beyond the call of duty to provide underserved communities with the best possible healthcare services. The annual Brad McDonnell Commitment to Care Award was established in 2019 to honor the legacy and impact of one such professional, Dr. Brad McDonnell. The Award seeks to acknowledge individuals who embody the Minnesota Community Care...

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The Hill We Climb – Reuben Moore on Amanda Gorman’s Message

The Hill We Climb – Reuben Moore on Amanda Gorman’s Message

“There is always a light, if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it” – Amanda Gorman  (PBS recording of Amanda Gorman) On January 20th, the entire world observed the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the 46th President of the United States, and Kamala Harris as the first African American and South Asian American female Vice President. Amanda Gorman, the youngest ever inauguration poet delivered a poem that perfectly articulated the yearnings for the dawn of a new day, a hope for the future that so many in our nation and...

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Reuben Moore Appointed to Board of Stratis Health

Health care leaders Reuben Moore and Todd Stivland, join the Board of Directors of Stratis Health, a Bloomington-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to collaborate and innovate to improve health. New Board members were selected for their rich experience in driving health care transformation, equity, quality and access. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to complement the diverse thought leaders on the current Board of Directors. Reuben Moore, EdD, MBA, is president and executive officer for Minnesota Community Care. As a health industry leader, Mr. Moore has championed consumer experience, innovation, and fundamental execution throughout the healthcare eco-system, adapting to...

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Minnesota health care providers question COVID-19 vaccine allocations State officials say vaccine will get to more high priority groups once supply increases, Glenn Howatt Star Tribune DECEMBER 23, 2020

“We are just perpetuating disparities in the state,” said Jonathan Watson, executive director of [Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers] upon learning that his members were placed in “tier three.” “We just keep doing this and I don’t know why we are surprised when we are one of the worst states in terms of disparities,” he said. READ MORE at Star Tribune, December 23, 2020

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Cindy Nelson Kaigama and Rubén Vázquez Ruiz are working to help MNCC to address health inequities in underserved communities in their new senior leadership roles (December 2020)

Care provider’s new senior leaders target health inequities By Todd Nelson Special to the Star Tribune DECEMBER 6, 2020 — 2:00PM Cindy Nelson Kaigama and Rubén Vázquez Ruiz are working to help Minnesota Community Care to address health inequities in underserved communities in their new senior leadership roles with the nonprofit. As director of innovation and learning, Kaigama is focusing in part on translating community needs into programs and services. Vázquez, director of equity and inclusion, provides strategic leadership and development for organizational diversity, equity and inclusion priorities. MCC, Minnesota’s largest federally qualified health center, serves patients regardless of income, insurance...

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