Ehlinger discusses extreme health disparities

ehlingerOn Friday, July 18, 2014, Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties will host Minnesota Commissioner of Health, Dr. Edward Ehlinger, who will address Minnesota’s considerable health-related disparities and discuss strategies to reduce health inequities across the state.

Dr. Ehlinger will present an overview of 2014 report to the Minnesota State Legislature titled “Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota.” This is the first event in Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties’ C.h.a.t. initiative (Community Health Action Talks), a bi-monthly series designed to inform and engage low-income communities around issues affecting the overall health and wellness of Ramsey and Washington County residents.

In spite of the comparatively high standing regarding the health of its general population, Minnesota’s extreme health disparities, particularly among Minnesotans of color, continue to plague communities throughout the state.

According to The Wilder Foundation’s Minnesota Compass Report, people of color are 2½ more likely to be without health insurance as compared to their white counterparts.

Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington’s first C.h.a.t. event, featuring Minnesota Commissioner of Health Edward Ehlinger, will take place Friday, July 18, 2014, in the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Room of Community Action’s St. Paul headquarters, 450 Syndicate Street North.

Registration begins at 8:30 am and the program is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am. This event is free and open to the public and pre-registration is available at For more information please contact Tasha Byers at 651-603-5980 or

July 14, 2014
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