Health Equity

Medtronic LABS and Partners Expand Healthcare Access in Kenya

Partnership aims to reduce barriers to care for hypertension and diabetes patients

Dorcas Mwende Mulei was at the height of her career working as a businesswoman in Kenya’s rural Makueni County when complications from diabetes confined the 46-year-old to her home.

Quest Diagnostics’ Ruth Clements Joins Health Leads’ Series, "The Heart of Health Equity”

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Ruth Clements, VP/GM, Infectious Diseases & Immunology & Quest for Health Equity at Quest Diagnostics, was featured on the Health Leads YouTube series, "The Heart of Health Equity." She discusses lessons learned from Quest’s COVID-19 testing efforts and the work done through Q4HE, the importance of addressing the digital divide, and reflects on the Black Lives Matter movement as a Black executive in corporate America with host Ashlei Rodgers.

Medtronic to Provide Underserved Communities With Artificial Intelligence (AI)-assisted Colonoscopy Technology Through Health Equity Assistance Program for Colon Cancer Screening

Amazon Web Services will support the effort to provide Medtronic GI Genius™ intelligent endoscopy modules to facilities that primarily serve communities with low screening rates or where access to this technology is not currently available

A global leader in healthcare technology, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) today announced they are working to provide colorectal cancer screening technologies in low income and underserved communities across the United States through the Medtronic Health Equity Assistance Program for colon cancer screening, with support from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

3 Ways to Advance Cancer Health Care Equity

Mary-Ann Etiebet, AVP of corporate responsibility, explains why inequity in cancer care is an urgent global health challenge

Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to achieve their full health potential, and that includes access to cancer care. Cancer health care equity is an urgent global health and societal issue, and thankfully, the health care community is coming together to address cancer care disparities.

Advancing Equity Through Health Navigation


Advancing Equity through Health Navigation is a new blog co-authored by Diana Blankman, head of corporate social responsibility at Sanofi US, and Adeeb Mahmud, a former managing director at FSG.

The two organizations began partnering on health equity before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the journey is ongoing. This blog shares reflections from the journey in the hope that it may inform and inspire others to take action.

“Two powerful insights have emerged for us through this process:

Working to Bridge the Health Equity Gap in Underserved Communities

Quest for Health Equity Leader Ruth Clements Reflects on Key Lessons Learned

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday marks a National Day of Service and an important time of reflection. In 1966 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the National Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights on the deep healthcare disparities that disproportionately affected people of color and lower income populations in the United States and said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” 

Engineering Impact: Global Healthcare Access

Excerpts from the 2021 Medtronic Integrated Performance Report

We are committed to improving access to vital treatments that deliver better clinical, economic, and societal outcomes. By expanding our range of products and services, as well as access to them, we maintain and enhance our financial, intellectual, and social capital.

As we engineer extraordinary medical discoveries, we also develop new ways to expand their reach. These innovations transform standards of quality care, drive economic value, and dismantle structural and social barriers to health equity.

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Building Bioinformatics Program for Students at Historically Black University


 The United Health Foundation is collaborating with Harris-Stowe State University to help address the gap in the number of diverse college students trained in biomedical sciences.

The United Health Foundation has awarded a $2 million, three-year grant to Harris-Stowe State University to create a bioinformatics program for undergraduate students at the historically Black university located in St. Louis. 

Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute Empowering Greater Equity Among Future Healthcare Leaders

Professional development program strives to eliminate health disparities among underserved populations by cultivating a pipeline of minority scholars for leadership roles in healthcare
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KANSAS CITY, Mo., November 3, 2021 /3BL Media/ - The Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute (BHLI), committed to eliminating health disparities among minority and vulnerable populations, recently hosted its annual leadership program, to provide undergraduate scholars professional development opportunities and internships at premier healthcare systems across the nation.

The leadership program is supported by Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services.

Johnson & Johnson Launches a Health Equity Innovation Challenge in 6 U.S. Cities

The company is calling for ideas from applicants in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City and Philadelphia with the aim of helping to address racial healthcare disparities at the local level.

Race, ethnicity and skin color should never dictate who stays healthy or gets sick.


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