Health Care for All Task Group

In the fall of 2021, the CSJ Health Care for All Task Group hosted an event “Public Health: Why It matters!”  We were excited to feature two speakers, James Hart, M.D. (President of MN Public Health Association) and Antonia Apolinario-Wilcoxon, Ed.D. (President of Equity Strategies, LLC.) along with special presentations from St. Kate’s Public Health students as they explored the important role of public health.  Check out a recording of this hybrid event on our Youtube page.

Sponsored by our Justice Commission and the Health Care for All Task Group.

A Closer Look at COVID-19 Health Disparities in Minnesota

Check out the below flyer highlighting the harsh truth of COVID-19 disparities in Minnesota.

Minnesota’s COVID-19 Disparities


Mission and Goals

The Health Care for All Task Group is dedicated to the principle that access to 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 other organizations to influence political policy change.

Goals for 2021-22:

  • Educate ourselves about healthcare access issues, gaps in access to health care in our community, proposed health care reforms and their effect on people in our community and factors that broadly affect the overall health of the community. 
  • Share information through community information and education events on Health Equity and access to comprehensive mental health and dental services. 
  • Collaborate with local community organizations working on similar issues and initiatives to promote and improve community health, health care access, and health equity. 
  • Promote civic engagement and advocacy for public policies that will increase equitable access to health care 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)

For more information contact Marty Roers at mroers@csjstpaul.org.


Task Group Highlighted Past Events

We have the “best health care system in the world?” Lessons from COVID and Our Health Care System.

Below are just some of the points which were presented as a part of the October 23, 2020, Health Care for All Task Group’s “Our Broken Health Care System Calls Us to Action: Lessons from COVID-19 Community Conversation and Coffee Hour” ZOOM event. Over 90 CSJ community members, health practitioners, and students from St. Kate’s attended the event live with an additional 75+ people watching the recording online on the CSJ YouTube channel. Our guest presenters Anne Jones, RN and Dr. Ken Englehart from Health Care for All Minnesota, along with a special group of St. Catherine students with Dr. Meghan Mason provided extremely packed, in-depth and enlightening presentations examining the state of our U.S. Healthcare System, the systemic inequities evident throughout the COVID pandemic, and the need to re-examine how every American could have access to quality, affordable and equitable care. In the words of Dr. Englehart, “State Senator John Marty has introduced what he calls The Minnesota Health Plan, which would provide comprehensive medical coverage to all Minnesota residents.” Watch the event here.

  • 45,000 preventable deaths/year are attributed to inability to access health care in the U.S.
  • Two-thirds of personal bankruptcies are due to medical debt.
  • Approximately 29 million Americans are uninsured, 41 million are underinsured.
  • Black and Latinx Minnesotans are more likely to contract COVID-19 than their white counterparts, while Black and Native American Minnesotans are more likely to die from the illness.
  • Black and Latinx communities experience 4.5 and 5 times the rates of infection, respectively.
  • The death rate of Black and Latinx Minnesotans is five times that of their white counterparts, and the Native community has seen a death rate that is an astounding 6.5 times higher.
  • Even though the case distribution for infection rates is relatively equal across the age spectrum, the death rates from COVID are much higher for older adults.
  • Homelessness can dramatically impact a person’s ability to stay safe and access to testing for COVID.

Resources and Collaborative Organizations