A multi-year transformational change effort of M Health Fairview to drive more equitable outcomes and inclusive environments and experiences for our patients, employees, and communities.
Healing Opportunity People Equity
The HOPE Commission uses an anti-racist approach. Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies, practices, and attitudes.
Initiated in the Summer of 2020, in the wake of the tragic murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the COVID-19 pandemic that is disproportionately impacting people of color, the HOPE Commission is an acknowledgement that M Health Fairview must improve itself to produce more equitable health care outcomes for all of our patients.
Fairview CEO James Hereford and University of Minnesota Medical School Dean, Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, established the HOPE Commission and serve as executive champions. Commissioners are Dr. Taj Mustapha, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Diane Tran, Senior Director of Community Engagement; and Dr. Christopher Warlick, Associate Professor and Chair of the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Urology.
Ultimately, the success of the Commission will depend on the active involvement of all 34,000 M Health Fairview employees — nurses, housekeeping staff, doctors, food service workers, care coordinators, administrators, and others — in advancing an equitable culture, practices, and outcomes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ibram X. Kendi, a historian and author of “How to be an Anti-Racist,” says that the only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it, and then dismantle it. He calls this being “anti-racist.” Racism, both through action and inaction, limits M Health Fairview’s effectiveness in caring for many of the people we exist to serve. The HOPE Commission’s role is to ensure that M Health Fairview is being more consistently and actively “anti-racist.”
There are many people and groups at M Health Fairview who have been doing amazing anti-racism work for many years. The HOPE Commission won’t duplicate, slow, or replace that excellent work. It will support and build on those preexisting initiatives in effort to reinforce and provide greater momentum to this movement. With a scope of work specific to advising our executive champions as well as engaging the organization in co-developing a 2021 workplan, the HOPE Commission can ensure existing and emerging efforts will be aligned toward our system vision for transformation.
We feel the urgency for the organization to act quickly, too. We have already begun to address simple items as well as stand up infrastructure on more significant initiatives, and we will continue to act and communicate those actions whenever we see opportunities for improvement arise. At the same time, because this work is so important, we must take the time to do this right. Instead of a rushed top-down approach, we will take the time to listen carefully, build trust with impacted stakeholders, and construct pathways to take decisive action toward a co-created vision. That can’t happen overnight.
Fairview CEO James Hereford and University of Minnesota Medical School Dean Jakub Tolar MD, PhD are committed to doing what it takes to drive more equitable outcomes and experiences for our patients, employees, and communities. If doing so requires additional resourcing and/or a reallocation of resources, we will do so in order to meet our mission as a nonprofit healthcare provider and land-grant university.
We’re in this for the long-run. And we intend to build this into the way we do our work. We aim to produce top-decile quality and patient experience outcomes and there is no way to quality without health equity. The HOPE Commission will help hold M Health Fairview accountable to advancing equity in our key roles as an employer, healthcare provider, academic institution, and corporate citizen. This is right for our business, and it’s right for our employees, patients, and communities.
Our goal is to drive more equitable outcomes and inclusive environments and experiences for our patients, employees, and communities by using an anti-racist approach. There is a significant evaluation element of the HOPE Commission that is currently being developed that will include evaluating our progress in terms of outputs, outcomes, and impact to ensure we are achieving the transformative results we seek. Every step of the way, we’re committed to measuring our results, sharing transparently, and adjusting accordingly in effort to deliver on M Health Fairview’s mission.
These are a few of the many resources that are informing our thinking and work. We are sharing them in case others are interested in self-education on the topic.