Allina Health joins national CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion

Minneapolis, Minn. (March 23, 2021) — Allina Health has signed a commitment to join more than 1,600 organizations, across 85 industries, to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within the workplace. In our role as a care provider, employer, purchaser, and community partner, this commitment to addressing disparities and inequalities supports our collective mission to provide safe care for all.

“We’re proud to join others across the country in a pledge to advance DE&I efforts by creating a trusting work environment where all ideas are welcomed and employees feel comfortable and empowered to have important discussions about diversity and inclusion,” said Penny Wheeler, MD and CEO of Allina Health. “At Allina Health we know that cultivating a “speak up” culture can elevate our work to actively address a public health emergency that impacts the very foundation of our work. Taking this pledge will help us build more equitable systems.”

This nationwide pledge comes after months of critical conversations about diversity, education about historic wrongdoings, and assessing the health care industry’s shortfalls. Allina Health remains committed to improvement through constant self-examination and evaluation, education, and advocacy.

About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace nationwide. The pledge outlines four specific actions CEOs will take to cultivate a trusting environment where all ideas are welcomed, and employees feel comfortable and empowered to have discussions about diversity and inclusion:

  • Cultivate trusting workplaces that can have complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations.
  • Implement and/or expand unconscious bias education.
  • Share best—and unsuccessful—practices.
  • Create and share strategic inclusion and diversity plans with the board of directors.

To learn more, visit CEO pledge | CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 10 hospitals / 13 campuses, 15 retail pharmacies, and many specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.