Protecting the Health of East Phillips Residents

An open letter from healthcare workers, providers, researchers, public health professionals, air pollution experts, and community organizations
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To Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey; Public Works Director Margaret Anderson Kelliher; City Council President Andrea Jenkins; Katrina Kessler, Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Brooke Cunningham, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health; Heidi Richie, Interim Commissioner of the Minneapolis Department of Health; and the Minneapolis Public Health Advisory Committee:


The City of Minneapolis’s proposed “Hiawatha Campus Expansion” project in East Phillips would significantly increase air pollution for years to come in one of the most polluted neighborhoods in Minnesota—until recently a Superfund site, in the top 10% of particulate pollution in the state, and with an asthma hospitalization rate 2-4 times that of the Twin Cities metro area as a whole.

The City has a moral obligation to this area: to reduce local pollution rather than intensify it. The City recognized its special obligation to its most extraordinarily polluted and economically deprived neighborhoods when it declared them to be “Green Zones.” Yet in East Phillips, the heart of the Southside Green Zone, it is intent on adding still more pollution, and steamrolling residents—including residents of Little Earth, the nation’s only Indigenous-preference Section 8 housing community—who have been fighting against the plan for years.

Much of the additional pollution would come from an expanded fleet of diesel trucks refueling at a renovated Public Works facility. Diesel emissions—both particulates and gasses—contribute to life-altering and life-threatening health problems, including asthma, cardiovascular disease, stroke, lung cancer, and diabetes, as well as impaired cognitive development and ADHD in children and Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in adults. And beyond diesel emissions, the ultrafine particles generated by brake wear and by tires-on-road friction generate health hazards that can rival those of diesel emissions.

This Public Works project would intensify pollution for exactly the populations for whom reducing pollution should be a top policy priority. The immediate neighborhood of the proposed facility houses two major sources of industrial pollution, Smith Foundry and Bituminous Roadways (an asphalt plant). East Phillips is ringed by freeways and other major thoroughfares. The volume of pollution generated by these heavily-used roadways has ironically served as a justification for adding pollution through the Public Works project.

Research shows that the health impacts of pollution are worse for people who are exposed to other pollution, who are in poverty, and who experience other consequences of systemic racism. By those measures, East Phillips—one of the most racially diverse neighborhoods in Minnesota, and with about 40% of children below the federal poverty line—is one of the worst possible places to add emissions.

Climate change is likely to make these cumulative consequences of pollution even worse. Placing this facility in Phillips is a long-term decision by the City of Minneapolis to de-prioritize Phillips residents’ access to clean air for decades to come.

Compromises offered by the city around electrification and other pollution mitigation efforts offer few significant or enforceable measures to protect residents; they include prioritized tree planting, an “electrification advisory service,” and traffic calming. These vague, unenforceable promises mean little.

Mayor Frey and the City of Minneapolis can and should do more to honor their commitments to environmental justice. For too long, the lives of East Phillips residents have been an afterthought or talking point. Valuing lives means concrete action: committing to no new diesel in East Phillips, even if that substantially alters the Public Works project scope, timeline, or location.

In service of protecting the health of East Phillips residents, we, the undersigned, call on the City of Minneapolis and state agencies to take concrete, transparent, and verifiable steps to ensure that air pollution in East Phillips doesn’t increase—it goes down.


Organizational Signatories

  • Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center
  • Advocates for Better Health
  • CAIR-Minnesota
  • Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate
  • The Medicine Objective
  • Midtown Greenway Coalition
  • Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, Local 902
  • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
  • Minnesota Environmental Justice Table
  • Minneapolis Federation of Teachers
  • Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity
  • Minnesota Nurses Association
  • Native American Community Clinic
  • Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice
  • Seward Neighborhood Group
  • Seward Vaccine Equity Project (open letter originator)
  • Twin Cities Democratic Socialists of America
  • Voices for Racial Justice

Individual Signers 316 signatures

All affiliations listed are for identification only.

  • Mahsa Abassi, Assistant Professor Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota
  • Saida Abdi, Assistant Professor University of Minnesota School of Social Work
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Ifrah Abdi, MD; Ob/Gyn Physician Health Partners
    Bloomington, MN
  • Najma Abdullahi, CUHCC volunteer
    Saint Paul, MN
  • Heidi Adelsman, RN
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Anisha Adke, MD/PhD Student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Autumn Adkins, Physical Therapist
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Sydnee Alexander, RN
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Michele Allen, MD, MS, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Director, Program in Health Disparities Research; Endowed Chair of Health Equity Research; Co-director CEARCH, CTSI, University of Minnesota
  • Rachel Ans, Therapist (LADC/LPCC)
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Susan Arnold, Associate Professor and Director, Exposure Science and Sustainability Institute, Deputy Director of the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Christina Atkinson, MD, Resident Physician, Smiley's Family Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Michael Aylward, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics; Program Director, Internal Medicine and Pediatric Residency Program; University of Minnesota
  • Carly Baade, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Jamie Bachaus, MPH, Health Equity Specialist, Public Health Professional
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Rachel Bakanowski, Family Nurse Practitioner - Hennepin Healthcare
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Miss Wendi Baldwin, RN
    Minnesota
  • Cheryl Barber, MS, MPH, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Brooke Bartholomew, BSN, RN, CCRN, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Nurse
    Hopkins, MN
  • Leah Bauck, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Pam Beckering, Program Manager for Child Case Management, CUHCC
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Carlee Beireis, CNP, Medical Director PM&R Hennepin Healthcare
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Jesse Berman, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Aarti Bhatt, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Primary Care Physician at CUHCC; Collective member of the Twin Cities Campaign Against Racism
  • Ramla Bile, Seward Vaccine Equity Project
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Salma Bile, MSN, RN
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Zelda Blair, Medical Student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Nathan Blumenfeld, MPH, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Betsy Boegeman, Clinical Social Worker
    Prior Lake, MN
  • Brian Bogan, Community Coordinator
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Amy Bonifas, MD/Family Medicine physician, Minneapolis resident, Family Medicine Residency faculty
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Marissa Bonnie, Harm Reduction
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Iris Wagman Borowsky, MD, PhD, Professor and Director, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, Gisela and E. Paul Konopka Chair in Adolescent Health and Development, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
  • Anna Bosch, MPH, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Honorine Boyce, Nurse
    Mn
  • Dana Brandenburg, PsyD, LP, clinical psychologist, MHealth Fairview Smiley's Clinic and Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Catherine Brennan, Personal Care Assistant
    St Paul, MN
  • Cassandra Brouillette, Community Health
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Calla Brown, MD, MHR, FAAP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Primary Care Med/Peds Physician, Community University Health Care Center
  • Sasha Buchner, Public Health Professional, MAPE
    St. Paul, MN
  • Michael Burgdorf, MD
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Razaan Byrne, MD - Pediatrician
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Daniel Callahan, M.S., Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Kelly Carlson, Resident Physician
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Dana Mowls Carroll, PhD., MPH., Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
  • Joan Casey, Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
    Seattle, WA
  • Winston Cavert, MD, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, University of Minnesota Dept of Medicine
  • Jaquelyn Chagnon, MPH, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Nicole Chaisson, MD, MPH, family physician, MHealth Fairview Smiley's Clinic and Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Tiffany Cheng, Medical Student/University of Minnesota Medical School
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Kathy Chin, Doula
    St. Paul mn
  • Nathan T. Chomilo, MD, FAAP, FACP, City of Minneapolis resident; Medicaid Medical Director, Minnesota Department of Human Services; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School; Board Member, Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Kim Christoffel, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Erica Chung, MPH, Public Health Professional
    Saint Paul
  • Daniel Clute, Registered Nurse
    Burnsville, MN
  • Katherine Cole, PA-C, Physician Assistant, University of Minnesota Medical Center
  • Cristina Combs, Clinical Director/LICSW
    St. Paul, MN
  • Amber Courtney, Occupational Therapist
    Minneapolis
  • Carol Coutinho, Medical Student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Rachel Cruz, Public Health Evaluator
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Cullen Cunningham, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Emily Cunningham, Medical Student
    Saint Paul, MN
  • Patricia Dahlen, RN
    Minnesota
  • Taylor Daiello, BSN, RN, CEN
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Mary Darden, Medical Student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Brooke Darst Rice, DPT / Hennepin Healthcare
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Debra A. DeBruin, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota
  • Marijke Decuir, MPH, REHS, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Mikayla Depuydt, Physician
    Washington, DC
  • Amanda Dionne, Northern Cheyenne Tribe I Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
  • Jlor Dizon, Medical Student
    Saint Paul, MN
  • Vicky Douglas, Trauma Registrar
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Dimitri Drekonja, Associate Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, University of Minnesota
  • Annie Dressen, Healthcare Employee
    Minneapolis
  • Chelsea Drill, Social Worker
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Clare Dudzinski, Clinical Social Worker, Children's Minnesota
    Saint Paul, MN
  • Christopher Dunne, Pediatrician
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Nicole Duxbury, Mental Health Therapist
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Roli Dwivedi, MD, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Clinical Officer, Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC); Associate Professor & Mac Baird Vice Chair in Community Engagement and Advocacy, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota; Speaker of the House, Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP)
  • Nils Dybvig, Clinical Social Worker
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Dominique Earland, MD/PhD student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Kris Ehresmann, Infectious disease epidemiologist [retired]
    Apple Valley MN
  • Kristin Eide, DO, MHealth Fairview - Smiley’s
  • Lisa Marie Ellis, Social Worker, LICSW, MSHO MSC+ Supervisor, HealthPartners
  • Ryan Erdmier, MHA, Practice Manager, East Lake Clinic/Richfield Clinic, Hennepin Healthcare
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Dr. Bryan Fate, Pediatrician
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Rachel Feliciano, MD; Resident Physician, University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Emily Feng, MD, Smiley's Family Medicine Clinic
  • Siri Fiebiger, MD, MPH, Chair, MN Section, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    Minneapolis MN
  • Mateo Frumholtz, Epidemiologist, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE)
  • Anne Gair, MD, Family Medicine Physician at Health Partners
  • Alison Galdys, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Assistant Medical Director for Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology, University of Minnesota School of Medicine
  • Dylan Galos, Public Health Professional, Minnesota Association of Professional Employees
    Saint Paul, MN
  • Crystal Gammelgaard, Public Health Educator
    St Paul, MN
  • Reem Ghanem, Medical Student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Ann Gilbert, Seward Vaccine Equity Project
  • Danielle Gilbert, RN
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Sarah Gollust, Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Sanjuana Gonzalez, Care Advocate
    Coon Rapids, MN
  • McKayla Gourneau, GC, Minnesota Department of Health
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Genny Grilli, MPH, Public Health Professional, Supervisor, MMA
    Roseville, MN
  • Maxime Groen, MS, Former ACSM-Clinical Exercise Physiologist at Michigan Medicine
    Minneapolis
  • Linnea Hadaway, Respiratory Therapist, Retired
    Minneapolis
  • Susan Haddow, MD, Faculty Hennepin Healthcare, Inc and Seward resident
    Minneapolis
  • Sofia Haile, MD; Resident Physician at Smiley's Family Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Lauren Tehan, MPH , Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Anastasia Gross, MPH, MT(ASCP), Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Audrey Hanson, MPH, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Christine Harb, DO, MPH, Smiley’s Family Medical Clinic
  • Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor & Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health & Racial Equity and Founding Director, Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
  • Peter Harper, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota; Family Medicine Clinician and Faculty, Smileys Clinic
  • Miranda Harris Martinez, Medical Student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Deeqa Hassan, works with special needs children at Children’s Hospital, MN
  • Allyson Hayward, Behavioralist
    St. Louis Park, MN
  • Tanner Hecht, Physician Assistant
    Grand Haven, MI
  • Courtney Helgoe, Health Journalist
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Leah Henke, Ob/Gyn
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Angela Hershberger, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Patricia Hickey, MD; Primary and Complex Care Pediatrician, Children's Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Anna Hing, Research scientist, UMN/CARHE
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Rayshawnda Hope, Certified Medical Assistant
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Karen Hulstrand, MD, Family Medicine, MHealth Fairview, retired
    Stillwater, MN
  • Theresa Huntley, Clinical Social Worker / Children's Minnesota / Cancer and Blood Disorders Program
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Linda Huwe, RN
    Minneapolis, MN
  • David Immen, Medical Student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Frank Jadwin, LICSW, Healthcare manager
    Minneapolis, MN 55415
  • Aisha Jama, HUC
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Karen Jankowski, MD, CUHCC, U of MN Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Ryan Jelinek, DO, Faculty Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Medical Director for Telehealth and Patient Access, Program Director of Clinical Informatics Fellowship, Board Member of MDHEQ, Hennepin Healthcare
  • Sally Jeon, MD Candidate, University of Minnesota, Class 2024
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Ezra Jerome, Assistant Director, Foundation Partnerships, UNICEF USA
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Jessica M. Jordan, DO; Resident Physician at Smiley's Family Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Catherine Justice, Program Manager for Integrative Health and Wellness / Hennepin Healthcare
    Minneapolis, MN
  • J'Mag Karbeah, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
  • Kelly Kassera, RN, PHN, Community-University Health Care Center
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Sarah Kelley-Pegg, RN, CNP; Family Nurse Practitioner, Boynton Health, University of Minnesota
  • Nathan Kemp, MPH, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Javad Keyhani, MD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, UMMC/Smiley's, University of Minnesota
  • Samuel Kissi, LPN
    Burnsville, MN
  • Carrie Klumb, MPH, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Ndidiamaka Koka, MD, Medical Director East Lake Clinic, Faculty Dept Family Medicine
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Stephanie Konadu-Acheampong , Public Health Student, University of Minnesota
  • Shiori Konda-Muhammad, RN
    St. Paul, MN
  • Janelle Koscinski, Allied Health Education Specialist
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Molly Krause, Behavioral Health Coordinator
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Sarita Kundrod, Mental Health Therapist and Public Health Professional
    Canopy Mental Health and Consulting
  • Henry Kunerth, PhD, Research Scientist, MAPE
    Minneapolis
  • Sharada Lakhan, Sr. Clinical Psychologist and Asian Collective Co-Chair/Hennepin Healthcare
    Eagan, MN
  • Margaret Lally Thompson, RN, BSN, OCN / Oncology Certified Nurse
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Harry Lando, Professor Emeritus School of Public Health University of Minnesota
  • Theresa Lang, RD, CDCES Hennepin Healthcare, Inc
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Maureen Leeds, MPH, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Alice Lehman, Infectious Diseases Fellow
    Minneapolis
  • Jonathan P. Leider, Senior Fellow, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • Josh Leopold, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Allison Leopold, Medical Student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Matt Lerick, Public Health Professional
    St. Paul, MN
  • Viviane Leuche, MD, University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Kelsey Lien, MD
    St. Louis Park, MN
  • Stevie Lien, Cardiovascular Care Center Social Worker
    Children's Hospital Minneapolis
  • Angie Lillehei, PhD, MPH, RN
    Minneapolis
  • Carrie Link, MD, Assistant Professor Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
    Medical Director for Comprehensive Gender Care MHealth Fairview
  • Sylvette Lopez-Ruth, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Sara Lovett, MPH, Epidemiologist
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Megan Lucas, MD, University of Minnesota Pediatrics Residency Program, PGY-2
  • Lan Luu, MD, MPH, Medical Director and Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Physician at Community University Health Care Center; Assistant Professor Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Palliative and Primary Care
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Toya López, MHA, Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Lexy MacArthur, Student Pharmacist
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Stephanie Madzey, UMN Medical Student; CUHCC Volunteer
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Adrine Maresco, Senior Clinical Psychologist / Hennepin Healthcare
    Minneapolis
  • Karen Margolis, PhD Student Social and Behavioral Interventions; Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Tara Maudrie, MSPH; Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians; PhD Student, Center for Indigenous Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Dr. Patience Mbonifor, Nurse Educator
    Lakeville MN
  • Kelsey McKenna, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Claire McNeil, MD, Internal Medicine - Pediatrics Physician at Allina Health East Lake Street Clinic
  • Lauren McPherson, MD, MPH, MA; Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota
  • Eduardo Medina, MD
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Tera Meerkins, PhD, LP, Postdoctoral Behavioral Health Fellow, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Smiley's Clinic
  • Jared Mell, Family Medicine Physician
    Bloomington, MN
  • Sarah Meysenburg, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Children's Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Carly Miller, Medical Student
    St. Paul, MN
  • Eiko Mizushima, Integrative Occupational Therapist at the Day Treatment Program at Hennepin Healthcare, Program Coordinator for Heals on Wheels Program at Hennepin Healthcare, Executive Chair of the Asian Collective at Hennepin Healthcare, Owner of Integrative OT at Anam Cara
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Abigail Moeller, DO; Resident Physician at Smiley's Family Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Saida Mohamed, Pharmacist; Seward Vaccine Equity Project
  • Muna Mohamed, Clinical Support Associate, Children's Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Inari Mohammed, Epidemiologist; member, Seward Vaccine Equity Project
  • Jill Monash, RN
    Saline, MI
  • Alyssa Mondelli, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Tina Monje, Harm Reduction Manager, Native American Community Clinic
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Karen Moon, Senior Academic Adviser, Health & Wellbeing Studies, University of MN
    Minneapolis
  • Lawrence Mulhern, Family Physician and Seward resident, Fairview Clinics Riverside
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Dawn Muller, Social Services/MAPE
    St Paul, MN
  • Brian Muthyala, Physician
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Sarah Namugenyi, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Sarah Ndyajunwoha, MD
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Savannah Nelles, Resident Physician
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Heather Nelson, Medical Student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Anne Ness, DNP, RN, MAHS, Director of Nursing, MilesVents home care and LALD for MVI, Assisted Living, MPH candidate, St. Catherine University
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Devin Newton, LPN
    Cottage Grove
  • Noah O'Donnell-Hoff, Admissions Interviewer / CUHCC Clinic
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Charles Oberg, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota
    Minnetonka, MN
  • Ayomide Ojebuoboh, MD-PhD Student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Paige Olson, Public Health Professional
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Everlyn Onkoba, LPN
    Bloomington mn
  • Juan Carlos Ordóñez, MS, MIM, BSIE, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Austen Ott, Medical Student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Mary J. Owen, MD; Tlingit; Associate Dean of Native American Health; Director, Center of American Indian and Minority Health; Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health
    University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Kara Pacala, MD, Family Physician, MHealth Fairview Smiley's Clinic and Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Jennifer Palm, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Allison Palmer, Student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Urszula Parfieniuk, Research Grants Coordinator, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Graduate Student, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • Amy Parsons, Social Worker at Children's Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Kristina Parthum, MD, MHealth Fairview Smiley's Family Medicine Clinic
  • Fardowsa Pearson, Care Advocate Coordinator for Complex Care Patients, Children's Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Justin M. Penny, DO, MA, Assistant Professor- Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Clinical Ethics Assistant Professor
    Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota Medical Center (Smiley's) Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Abbe Penziner-Bokde, M.D., General Pediatrician
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Juliann Perala, Cast Coordinator, Children's Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Chrystian Pereira, Pharm.D. Associate Professor University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Smiley's Family Medicine Clinic
  • Shannon Pergament, CUHCC/SoLaHmo
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Diane Perry, Clinical Exercise Physiologist
    South Lyon, MI
  • Brooklyn Petrich, MPH, MSW, Public Health Social Worker, MAPE
    Saint Paul, MN
  • Melinda Pierce, Pediatric Endocrinologist
    Saint Paul, MN
  • Matt Plummer, Seward Vaccine Equity Project
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Elizabeth Polter, MPH, PhD, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Kriti Prasad, Medical Student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Cindy Pratt, Clinical Psychologist
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Candice Price, Therapist / U of MN
    Minneapolis. MN
  • Mary Pumphrey, MSW, member, Seward Vaccine Equity Project; resident, Southside Green Zone
  • Susan Purdie, RN / Children's Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Nasreen Quadri, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Hospital Medicine Physician; Collective member of the Twin Cities Campaign Against Racism
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Nikki Racine, Therapist, MSW, LICSW
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Tim Ramer, MD, Program Director, Smiley’s Clinic, University of Minnesota Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Jessica Raptis, MAPE Board of Director
    Woodbury, MN
  • Sarah Rasmussen, Medical Student, University of Minnesota Medical School
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Reaia Reaves, RN
    Eden Prairie, MN
  • Christopher Reif, MD, Family Doctor, Community University Health Care Center
  • Josie Riggall, MPH, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, University of Minnesota/Community-University Health Care Center
  • Michelle Rivers, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Norma Roberts-Hakizimana, RN-Ret
    St Paul
  • Cheryl Robertson, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita, Population Health and Systems Cooperative, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota
  • Kelly Robinson, RN/CEO
    Maple Grove, MN
  • Scott Robison, Doctor of Physical Therapy student
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Elizabeth Rogers, MD, MAS, Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine and of Pediatrics; Faculty Member, Program in Health Disparities Research; Associate Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion of the Division of Geriatrics, Palliative and Primary Care, University of Minnesota; Founding Board Member and Board Secretary, Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity
  • Aaron Rosenblum, Resident Physician / Broadway Family Medicin
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Federico Rossi, MD
    Edina, MN
  • Darin Rowles, MSW / Social Work Administrator and Phillips Resident
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Nicole P. Sandhu, MD, PhD, FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic (Rochester), Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • Patricia Santos, Bilingual Patient/Family Advocate - Children's Minnesota Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Thomas Anthony Santucci, Registered Dietitian (RD), Retired
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Amy Saupe, MPH, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Dakota Schneider, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Noah Schumacher, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Courtney Serra, MPH, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Sudha Setty, MPH, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Kate Shafto, MD, Hennepin Healthcare Physician
    Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics University of Minnesota
  • Trinia Shannon, Registered Nurse
    Inver Grove Heights
  • Jared Shenk, Public Health Professional, MAPE
    Saint Paul, MN
  • Teyana Pylypiv Shippee, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota
  • Rebecca Shirley, Community Engagement Coordinator, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Jennifer Simonson, RN, Clinical Coordinator
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Isabelle Smiley, MPH Student and Dietetic Intern
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Kristina Smith McDermott, MD Family Medicine MHealthFairview
    Mendota Heights, MN
  • M. Kumi Smith, PhD, MPIA, Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
    University of Minnesota School of Public Health
  • Ambrosia Smith, Medical Student
    Minneapolis,MN
  • Judy Solmonson, MS, RN
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Lyndel Sorenson, Medical Student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Ryan Sparks, Social Worker Allina Health
    Saint Paul
  • Justice Spriggs, MS4, University of Minnesota
    Columbia Heights, MN
  • Nykole Starks, Registered Nurse
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Antony Stately, PhD (Oneida/Ojibwe), President + Executive Officer
    Native American Community Clinic
  • Ruth Staus, Nurse Practitioner, collective member of the Social Medicine Consortium Campaign Against Racism MN chapter
    Saint Paul, MN
  • Hadija Steen Mills, MPH, Founding Director Healthcare Reparations Cooperative
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Michelle Steffen, Hennepin Healthcare Integrative Physical Therapist
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Amanda Stephens, RN
    Minneapolis
  • Laura Stolbrock, Resident Physician / Community-University Health Care Center
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Paul J. Strain, MD, Resident Physician, University of Minnesota, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, PGY-2
  • Connor Stratton, Editor of Health and Environmental School Library Books
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Ruth Strickland, RN, Public Health Nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Hennepin Healthcare
  • Jessica Sukharan, MD, Smiley’s Family Medicine Residency PGY-1
  • Maria Veronica Svetaz, Associate Professor, Faculty, Department of Family and Community Medicine (Hennepin Healthcare/U of MN)
    Minneapolis
  • Brian Swancutt, Social Worker
    St. Paul, MN
  • Elle Talsma, MPH, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Beth Thielen, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor / University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis MN
  • Becky Timm, CEO, Advocates for Better Health and ABH | The Foundation
    Minneapolis
  • Margo Tomka, DO, PGY-3, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Family Medicine Residency
  • Maria Torres Munoz, Health Unit Coordinator
    Minneapolis
  • Cynthia Trevino, LISW, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Annika Tureson, Medical Student
    Richfield, MN
  • Mary C. Turner, RN
    President, Minnesota Nurses Association
  • J Urban, MPP/MPH
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Anna Vangsness, MSW, LICSW, Mental Health Therapist, Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC), East Phillips resident
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Lauren Vasilakos, Medical Student
    Minneapolis
  • Samreen Vora, Emergency Physician, Medical Director of Simulation, Children's Minnesota
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Austin Waara, MD, Resident Physician, Hennepin Healthcare
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Madeline Waara, Medical student
    Iron River, MI
  • Danushka Wanduragala, MPH, Public Health Professional
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Jane Webb, RN
    St.Louis Park, Mn.
  • Lizz Wenzel, Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Andrea Westby, MD, Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity (MDHEQ)
  • Kristi White, Clinical Health Psychologist and Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota
  • Pat White, Sr TA Consultant, Children's Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Rachel Widome, Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
  • Sheila Wiegman, Nurse Practitoner, HCMC
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Kristyn Williamson, PharmD, Clinical pharmacist, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Smiley’s Family Medicine Clinic
  • Mary Willis, MA, LPCC, Mental Health Practitioner II, Hennepin Healthcare
    Minneapolis
  • Carol Witte, RN, CNP, PHN
  • Josef Woldense, Assistant Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies
    Minneapolis, MA
  • Juanisha Wright, RN
    Apple Valley, MN
  • Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; member, Seward Vaccine Equity Project; resident, Southside Green Zone
  • John Yang, BH Operations and Interpreting Services Manager / CUHCC
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Emma Young, Harm Reduction Health Educator
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Peter Zeftel, Community Health Worker
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Shannon Zhou, Medical Student
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Erica Mumm, MPH , Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Kristen Ojo, MHS, CPH , Public Health Professional, MAPE
  • Kelley Vilen, MPH , Public Health Professional, MAPE

Recent Signers

  • Jessica Mcgauley-Jacobson, Registered Nurse
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Rachel Wormer, MPH, Public Health Professional
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Abbie Begnaud, Associate Professor of Medicine
    Minneapolis, MN

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