Our Commitment
to Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion

Our Commitment

At CentraCare all are welcome. We treat and hire people of various backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities. Our staff is a reflection of our communities and we are proud of our diversity. We are committed to serving every person with respect toward their personal values and beliefs.

We recognize that to be able to live our mission, our workforce needs to reflect the diversity of the communities that we serve. Diversity and inclusion enable us to deliver high-quality care, improve the patient experience, and be a great place to work.

Our goal is to create and maintain an inclusive environment where all employees, patients, and patient's family members, physicians, volunteers, and business partners are treated with fairness, dignity, and respect without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, marital status or veteran status. Read our EEO statement or our Nondiscrimination Notice.


Employee Resource Groups

African American Employee Resource Group
The mission of this group is to provide professional career development opportunities, create ways to retain our diverse workforce, provide help for employees looking to professionally advance and create a safe place to support and promote an all-inclusive workplace.
 HOLA Employee Resource Group  (Hispanic o Latinx + Allies)
This group aims to establish a network for employees to provide support and allyship to the Hispanic/Latinx community, share cultural awareness, strive to make a positive impact, and provide a sense of community. All are welcome. 
Double Nickel Employee Resource Group
The mission of this group is to address the triumphs and challenges of aging by providing guidance and education, connections and mentoring and to share life experiences across generations.
LGBTQ + Ally Alliance Employee Resource Group
The mission of this group is to be a strategic partner with CentraCare to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion through continual learning. This ERG will advance the understanding and inclusion of employees with a common background, set of interests, and/or goals.
Millennials Employee Resource Group
This group’s mission is to create a thriving environment for young professionals within Central Minnesota to help foster learning, career development, increased community engagement, and enhanced recruitment and retention within CentraCare.
Single Parents Employee Resource Group
The mission of this group is to be a valuable mechanism to empower single parents and their families by providing opportunities for growth, support, resources, mentoring and inspiring so families can become self-sustaining and successful.
Veterans Employee Resource Group
The mission of the group is to celebrate the correlation of CentraCare’s values with those learned while serving.
Women's LEAD Employee Resource Group
This group’s mission is to empower and encourage all women to maximize their potential and advancement through education, leadership, networking, and mentoring.
Meet Our Workplace & Patient Diversity Department Team
Dr. Rachel Anyu Lainjo: Director of Workplace & Patient Diversity
Laura Cranston: Supervisor of Interpreter Services
Erica Scott: Equity & Diversity Outreach Specialist

Julia Vang: DEI Program Manager 
Theresa Reichert: Transcultural DEI Health Program Manager

Gina Acevedo: Supervisor of Cultural Sensitivity & Health Equity 
Teresa Luque: Administrative Assistant