Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

CentraCare recognizes that to be able to live its mission, its workforce needs to reflect the diversity of the communities that it serves. Diversity and inclusion enable us to deliver high-quality care, improve the patient experience, and be a great place to work.

CentraCare is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all employees, patients and patients’ 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.


Employee Resource Groups:

African American ERG
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.

AmeriLatin ERG
This group aims to empower individuals to build a platform for others to take part and participate by providing education and community connection.

Double Nickel ERG
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 ERG
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 ERG
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 ERG
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 ERG
The mission of the group is to celebrate correlation of CentraCare’s values with those learned while serving.

Women’s LEAD ERG
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 - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist
  • Abdigani Ahmed - Supervisor of Cultural Competency & Health Equity
  • Gina Acevedo - Administrative Assistant