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Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Purpose of this Guide

Allina Health Library has compiled a collection of resources on diversity, equity and inclusion. While the resources are geared towards healthcare and medicine, there are resources throughout that all employees can explore. The topics listed contain links to journal articles, books in the library collection, links to government agencies and other online resources. This is not an exhausted list of resources or of disenfranchised peoples, this guide is meant to keep growing and changing. 

This guide also follows the theory of intersectionality and many of our resources reflect this ideal. 

Intersectionality operates under the premise that people possess multiple, layered identities, including race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and ability, among others.  Intersectionality refers to the ways in which these identities intersect to affect individuals’ realities and lived experiences, thereby shaping their perspectives, worldview, and relationships with others.

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Allina Health Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Commitment

At Allina Health, the purpose of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) efforts are  to improve the health of all people in our communities by leveraging the collective strength of Allina Health as a care provider, employer, purchaser and community partner to eliminate systemic inequities and racism.

Allina Health Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Definitions

  • Community:  Patients, employees, and people who live in the communities we serve of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, abilities and economic means.
  • Diversity: Embracing and investing in our differences to create a better us
  • Inclusion: Cultivating a safe environment where you always bring your whole self, contribute, and thrive
  • Equity: Providing access to opportunities that support our communities' ability to reach its full potential. Creating solutions, informed by an understanding of unique needs that eliminate barriers to success and fill in opportunity gaps.
  • Health Equity:  Everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care. Robert Woods Johnson Foundation
  • Belonging:  When individuals or groups feel supported and safe because there is a sense of acceptance, inclusion and respect for who they are.