Health Care for All Task Group

The Health Care for All Task Group is dedicated to the Catholic Social Teaching principle that access to quality health care is the right of everyone without exception. We are committed to healthcare policy, public action and advocacy for policies that promote equitable access to quality health care for all. The group collaborates with organizations to influence political policy change.


  • Learning about gaps in access to health care in our community and any proposed health care reform initiatives.
  • Sharing information through community education events including on health equity and access to mental health services.
  • Advocating with lawmakers for public policies that will increase access to equitable health care for all including advocacy on health-related issues that may arise during legislative sessions.
  • Collaborating with other community organizations working for health care access for all.


Catholic social teaching insists that health care is a basic right flowing from the sanctity of human life and dignity of the human person. In the words of Pope Francis, “Health is not a consumer good but a universal right, so access to health services cannot be a privilege. Basic Health Care is denied – denied! to too many people.”  (5.9.2016)

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Past Events

The Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care for All Task Group strives to increase awareness about the gaps in access to health care in our community and promotes education on health equity. For example, in May 2017 the group hosted a special evening program with about 50 participants learning about the impact of trauma, violence, environmental pollutants and other Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on the health of individuals and our community. The program featured ACE trainer Sameerah Hilal-Roby, and examined personally and communally how adverse stress and historical experiences impact the health of individuals and communities.  The program also explored how short and long term trauma impacts health while also examining some of the triggers as a professional reacting to perplexing behaviors by teens and adults. The program was held in collaboration with the CSJ Justice Commission and the St. Catherine University Department of Nursing.


The Health Care for All Task Group hosted a community education breakfast event on October 27th with 50+ people attending at the Carondelet Center.  Toby Pearson, Executive Director of the Catholic Health Association of Minnesota, gave an excellent presentation on current national health care coverage reform efforts and their possible impacts on Minnesotans.  Mr. Pearson reminded the audience that Catholic Social Teaching clearly says that everyone without exception has a right to adequate health care.  So what can those concerned about possible rising uninsured rates and loss of coverage for vulnerable people do?  The speaker encouraged all present to take action by learning more about health care reform proposals, finding out where candidates or our current elected officials stand on the issue.  Become better informed about current and ongoing proposals in Congress on Health Care reform. 

Resources and Collaborative Organizations