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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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Mapping Prejudice Project, Hennepin County receive award

The 2021 Freedom of Information award honors the partnership of the Mapping Prejudice Project and Hennepin County.

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Covenants of yesterday still haunt families today

Hennepin County has provided data for identifying restrictive discriminatory covenants connected to property deeds.

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Mental health during the pandemic

COVID has worsened mental health, and these effects are disproportionately impacting people who already experience health disparities.

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Tackling disparities in digital access

Lower-income families, many of whom are people of color, are more likely to lack the connectivity and technology needed to learn and work from home. 

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A lifeline for entrepreneurs

Hennepin County’s Open to business program unlocks doors for Pimento Jamaican Kitchen


Dropping racially biased tool create more equitable access to services

Can the tools we use to do our work be racially biased? Yes, according to Hennepin County's Housing Stability unit. And Hennepin is taking action.

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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.