Race, Racism & Health Equity

Wednesday 26th July

MN has been known for having good health outcomes compared to other states in the U.S. Join us to learn why this is not true for all Minneso


Minnesota ranks 4th in states with the best healthcare, however, if you belong to certain racial groups or live in a particular zip code, your health outcomes are often much worse. Join the conversation to discuss how we meet Health Equity on the path to racial justice.

Dr. Nathan T. Chomilo:

Dr. Chomilo’s work has centered on the impact early childhood intervention and healthcare access have on the long-term prospects of our children and how physicians and health systems can address racial & health equity. He is the Medical Director for the State of Minnesota’s Medicaid & MinnesotaCare programs and practices as a General Pediatrician with Park Nicollet Health Services/HealthPartners. He also served as the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 vaccine equity director & as Senior Advisor on Equity to the Minnesota Commissioner of Health. He received a Zoology degree from Miami University & graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his combined residency in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota & was the Pediatric Chief Resident at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital.

He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Minority Health, Equity & Inclusion (MHEI), serving on MHEI’s Executive Committee, a member of the board of directors for the MN chapter of the AAP, a fellow of the American College of Physicians & an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

He serves on the board of directors of both Reach Out and Read MN and Reach Out and Read National as well as on the steering committee of the Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative. He is a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Equity in HEDIS Expert Work Group & was selected for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine’s Committee on Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Children & Youth through Health Care System Transformation.

His work has been recognized by the City of Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights which recognized him as a 2019 History Maker at Home recipient, Minnesota Physician which named him a one of the 100 most influential health care leaders in 2020, the Minnesota Medical Association which awarded him the President’s Award in 2021 and the Task Force for Global Health which named him a 2021 Global Health Hero. In 2022 he was named an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow.

He has penned numerous published OpEds and health policy perspective pieces, has been an invited speaker at multiple national conferences & has been cited in pieces in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, New York Times, Wall St. Journal, The Atlantic, STAT news, CNN.com, Parent Magazine & the Star Tribune. In 2022 he was the invited keynote speaker at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s commencement ceremony.

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