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Members in the Press 

When Doctors Say Stay These Patients Go

Sahan Journal spotlights the work of Dr. Ryan Kelly and Dr. Cuong Pham on some of the challenges in accessing adequate care facing people who use drugs. 

Giving undocumented people access to affordable health care is a moral obligation and smart policy

In the Minnesota Reformer, MDHEQ Board Member Koushik Paul shared his family’s experience struggling to access affordable health care as immigrants in Minnesota and the urgent need to expand MinnesotaCare coverage to undocumented immigrants.

HCMC launches program to help patients get online

The Star Tribune highlighted Hennepin Healthcare's Digital Equity Xpert program – led by MDHEQ Board Member Dr. Ran Jelinek – which connects patients with digital navigators to help train and educate them about online tools to better access their healthcare resources.

Hennepin Healthcare Focuses on Serving the Most Vulnerable Patients

National Telehealth Resource Center highlights the work that Hennepin Healthcare did to build a more equitable telemedicine platform during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

Phone visits, health equity, vaccines: One physician recounts his pandemic year

MinnPost documents an interview with Dr. Cuong Pham where he recalls his challenges and successes of practicing during the pandemic. 

Findings New Solutions For Racial Health Gaps

Rachel Hardeman discusses how with help from Blue Cross, the U will be at forefront in addressing troubling health disparities.

COVID Vaccine Equity

Dr. Chomilo and Dr. Sederstrom discuss some challenges and current gaps around the equitable distribution of vaccine. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Call for Equity

MDHEQ's letter in support of improved vaccine equity gathered significant local attention. 

Coalition of physicians urges public officials to declare racism as public health crisis

Dr. Aylward spoke to KARE11 news about why racism is a public health crisis.

A conversation with Dr. Nathan Chomilo, the state’s new Medicaid medical director

Dr. Chomilo is interview on MPR News after becoming named Minnesota's Medicaid Medical Director.

Educational disparities: The gap we need to address is the opportunity gap

Dr. Chomilo wrote a commentary on the importance of education in closing the opportunity gap.

Pandemic could broaden telemedicine in Minnesota Medicaid

Dr. Michael Aylward was quoted in a story about the health equity effects of telemedicine.

Politics Friday: Campaigns and Health care

Dr. Chomilo was part of a panel discussion on healthcare policy and its impact in MN

Minnesota will speed access to opioid addiction treatment drugs

Dr. Michael Aylward comments on the importance of access to treatment for patients with opioid use disorder.

Eager to quit opioids, but unable to get meds

Dr. Ryan Kelly was quoted in this piece on barriers for patients on Medicaid in getting access to treatment for opioid addiction

Minnesota’s new mental health crisis: Suicide

Dr. Madhuri Shors was part of a panel discussion about mental health and how suicide is a public health problem and what we can start doing about it

Should Medical Assistance come with a work requirement?

Dr. Nathan Chomilo was part of a roundtable discussion with Kerri Miller from MPR and Tara Oneill Hayes from American Action Forum

Nathan Chomilo: Work-requirement proposal threatens the health of thousands of Minnesotans

By Dr. Nathan Chomilo

Proposed Medicaid work requirements could end up costing Minnesota

Dr. Nathan Chomilo was quoted in this piece on the harms of Medicaid Work Requirements

Whatever is done on U.S. health care policy, the process should be open, transparent, and unhurried.

By Dr. Dimitri Drekonja

The choice is clear: Expanding MinnesotaCare puts patients first

By Drs. Michael Aylward, Briar Duffy, Nathan Chomilo and Tyler Winkelman, MD Health Equity

Expert perspectives on race in medical practice and education - Part 1

Member Dr. Eduardo Medina and Dr. Rachel Hardeman were guests on this podcast to discuss race in medical training and practice


Educating and activating health professionals to work toward health equity


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