M Health Fairview won’t use race to determine kidney health. The health care system made the announcement Tuesday based on recommendations from a physician’s task force last year. Nationwide practices have consistently used different guidelines for a key kidney health measure for Black people as opposed to non-Black people. M Health says this was based on the “incorrect assumption that race is biological,” making Black people’s kidneys seem healthier than they actually are. This also meant that Black people would be less likely to qualify for a kidney transplant. M Health Fairview says this is one step in their work to help eliminate structural racism in healthcare.
M Health Fairview No Longer Using Race As Kidney Health Factor
By Ashley Hanley|2021-03-17T06:23:53-05:00March 17th, 2021|
About the Author: Ashley Hanley
Ashley (Goettl) Hanley is a North Mankato native and Mankato West graduate who made the switch from TV journalism to radio. After five years at KEYC News 12, Ashley is thrilled to be working for KTOE News. Ashley and her husband John, and son John, enjoy spending time in the community. You can also find Ashley coaching and playing softball and supporting her brother on the MSU football team and her sister with Scarlet athletics. Even though she went to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Ashley kept her Minnesota roots and is a big Twins and Vikings fan!