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Educating health professionals to work toward health equity.

The Board of Directors oversees the organizational function and deliverables of Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity (MDHEQ). This work is supported by the Executive Director of the organization and separated into three unique yet interdependent committees outlined below. Please reach out to a contact listed below to get involved.

Executive Director: Terra Carey, MPH CPHQ CPPS

Terra Carey is currently supporting MDHEQ in the role of Executive Director. Additionally, Terra serves as a healthcare executive for a large statewide health system.  She also serves as a board member for Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety and preceptor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.Terra holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota, certifications from national quality, business systems, and healthcare safety organizations, Business Performance Improvement training from Johns Hopkins University, and holds a Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. Terra has worked as an independent consultant for a quality measurement oversight organization and was employed by a Minneapolis based Federally Qualified Healthcare Center. In addition to work, Terra enjoys traveling (having traveled to more than 40 countries and six continents), spending time with family and friends.

Terra can be reached at info@mdheq.org 

Membership Committee

Committee Purpose: Membership Committee is responsible for collaborating with the Board, committees and membership around key strategies, challenges and needs in order to provide insight on and management of membership recruitment, engagement and retention as well as onboarding and ongoing education about the organization.

Chair Ryan Jelinek: Dr. Jelinek a practicing Internal Medicine physician and Clinical Informatics (CI) fellow at Hennepin Healthcare. His medicine practice spans both ambulatory and hospitalist work. He has recently begun a telemedicine training program for residents and faculty at HCMC. His CI work is focused on telehealth and EHR workflow optimization. He has championed telemedicine equity work at Hennepin Healthcare and more broadly in the Twin Cities community. He sits on several healthcare equity focused committees at Hennepin Healthcare. Ryan also sits on the executive board of the AMIA College of Informatics Fellows where he helps guide CI fellows on a national level to the importance of focusing the equity lens on our work. He graduated from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Hennepin Healthcare. Ryan is originally from Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison. He is a proud husband and father to two children. When not practicing medicine or thinking about the future of medicine, he enjoys being outdoors playing golf, pickleball and skiing. 

E-mail Ryan to engage with the Membership Committee at: Ryan.Jelinek@hcmed.org

Community Engagement Committee 

Committee Purpose: The Community Engagement Committee is responsible for guiding MDHEQ education, relationship building and stewardship with communities within Minnesota for the purpose of ensuring that the communities see the value that MDHEQ has to offer their membership and their local communities.



Finance Committee

Committee Purpose: The Finance Committee shall assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to reviewing and monitoring budgets and spending for the organization consistent with the organization’s long term goals; and reviewing and monitoring the foundation’s budget, including program and management appropriations and capital spending. The committee shall also make recommendations to the board 

Chair: Thomas Schmidt, Treasurer (E-mail: schm1610@umn.edu)


Educating health professionals to work toward health equity


Health Professionals will use their voice, knowledge, and influence to eliminate the inequities that exist in health and healthcare, while working effectively with their patients, health systems, communities, and decision makers to address health equity wherever they live, work, learn, and play.

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