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The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is accepting applications for appointments to the newly created Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council. Established by the 2013 Legislature and with support from DHS, the council will advise the department on reducing disparities that affect racial and ethnic groups in human services programs and ensure that departmental policies and procedures are aligned to promote the best possible outcomes for all Minnesotans.
While Minnesota ranks highly in overall health, education and workforce measures, the state continues to exhibit some significant disparities among cultural and ethnic communities. Similar disparities are also found in DHS-administered programs. The council was created in recognition that improvements in health for racial and ethnic minorities and American Indians will increase the state’s social and financial capital, and that these improvements can be accelerated with input from affected communities.
Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson is seeking applicants from diverse cultural communities to join the council, which will hold its first meeting Nov. 15, 2013. Information on how to apply is available on the Minnesota Secretary of State website. Applications are due by July 23, 2013.