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Hennepin County disparity reduction

Responding to racial inequities in our region

Our shared priority: ensure all Hennepin County residents thrive

Since 2013, Hennepin County has put an emphasis on disparity reduction in all our communities as we acknowledge that racial disparities exist.

We continue working across the organization and with community partners to go broader and deeper with our efforts.

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How we're making progress

Find out how we're reducing disparities in Hennepin County.
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Reducing trauma in the foster care system

Children entering foster care are experiencing trauma. In Children and Family Services, the Placement Support Team works with children, parents and foster providers to reduce some of the trauma at this critical time.

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Preventing displacement, helping communities thrive along the Blue Line Extension

Hennepin County works closely with communities to create a plan for the light rail line that prevents displacement and supports residents and businesses along the corridor.

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Hennepin partners with community organizations with anti-racism initiative

In 2022, Hennepin County allocated $300,000 in the county budget to fund an anti-racism initiative, contracting with existing community organizations to support community-building, healing, and anti-racism efforts.

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Data and updates about disparity reduction

Our response to disparities

We see disparities every day in the places our critical support services serve people who are not faring well. We have an obligation to work toward eliminating disparities by whatever means we have.