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Racial Equity in Action: Voices of Nurses for Change

Updated: Sep 11, 2021

June 19th, 10 am-noon

2 contact hours

Welcome to this exciting event on the day that also celebrates Juneteenth which is the day that commemorates the emancipation of those who remained enslaved in the US in 1865. In many states this is a state holiday.

The struggles to address systemic racism and implicit bias continues. We at the Minnesota Holistic Nurses Association are committed to opening avenues of communication, providing opportunities to enhance our knowledge and understanding, and building connections to take action. Many of us do not know what actions we can take, while others are actively involved in the work to end systemic racism. Coming together provides us an opportunity to network and learn from each other in a safe space and to have “hard” and “heart” conversations.. Holistic nursing and holistic philosophy recognizes that social conditions like racism impact health &. healing. Small actions combined together create healing change. We look forward to taking this journey of discovery and connection with you as we strive to live our holistic values.


Speaker Bios

Tamiko Ralston, BSN, PHN, LPCC has over twenty years’ experience in working with families and communities through direct service patient care, family home visiting, and community-based outreach and engagement. Tamiko has been employed at Saint Paul-Ramsey Public Health for 19 years. In her current role as Public Health Nurse Clinician/Supervisor in the Family Health Division, she supervises a team of Public Health Nurses and Health Educators who provide home visiting services to families with children 0-5 years, utilizing the Parents As Teachers® Evidenced Based Home Visiting Curriculum. Tamiko has been involved in the development of the Birth Equity Community Council (BECC), the Ramsey County Mental Health and Wellness Action Team (MHWAT), Club Mom, Club Dad, and the Doulas for Dads programs in collaboration with community residents and stakeholders in racial and social equity. Tamiko is a member of the African American Advisory Council of ICHRP (Integrated Care for High Risk Pregnancies) and the U of MN Medical School’s Programs in Health Disparities Research Advisory Board.


Roshani Saraiya is a public health nurse and works in Minneapolis. She is a member of Minnesota Nurses Association and has served on the Racial Diversity Committee of MNA. Roshani is also an active member of Hennepin Healthcare Concerned Employees, a multiracial and multidisciplinary group of workers addressing racial disparities, adequate staffing, and seclusion and restraint. Roshani also has interests in healing and trauma informed care as a nurse.


Mai Pa Vang I was born in Thailand and my family and I migrated to the United States in 1996. I am Hmong American. I graduated from St. Catherine University with my Master of Science in Nursing in 2018 and have been a registered nurse for over 3 years now. Currently, I am employed at North Memorial Medical Center. I also serve as vice president and treasurer of the Hmong Nurses Association Twin Cities Chapter. I chose nursing because I believe in the healing ability of therapeutic presence and I want to provide a safe and comfort place for those in my care. My goal is to strengthen my skill sets so I can continue to provide exceptional care and touch lives.


Taylor Daiello (she/her) is a Minnesota Nurses Association union steward at Methodist Hospital where she works in the Emergency Center. Taylor is also an executive member of the MNA Racial Diversity Committee. Last summer, she participated in the writing of the MNA Statement of Solidarity from white Nurses.


Here are some articles. This is only a small portion of the articles that address this very important topic. Please click the bolded article title to link to the article.

The White/Black Hierarchy Institutionalizes White Supremacy in Nursing and Nursing Leadership in the United States by Dr. Kechinyere C. Iheduru-Anderson | Journal of Professional Nursing (May 2020)

"America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Usby Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 2020)

My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 2011)

The Intersectionality Wars by Jane Coaston | Vox (May 2019)

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh | Peace and Freedom Magazine (1989)

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 2020)

Stolen Breathsby Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD, MPH, Eduardo M. Medina, MD, MPH, and Rhea W. Boyd, MD, MPH | The New England Journal of Medicine (June 2020)

Exploring Race in Nursing: Teaching Nursing Students about Racial Inequality Using the Historical Lens by Dr. Carole Bennett, PhD, PMHCS-BC, Dr. Ellen K Hamilton, DNP, RN, Dr. Haresh Rochani, DrPH, MPH, MBBS | American Nurses Association (May 2019)

The Case for Reparations by Ta-nehisi Coates | The Atlantic (June 2014)

Performative Allyship Is Deadly (Here’s What to Do Instead)” by Holiday Phillips | Forge (May 2020)

“‘We Can’t Ignore This Issue’: How to Talk With Students About Racism” by Beth McMurtrie | The Chronicle of Higher Education (June 2020)

White Supremacy Culture in Organizationsby The Centre for CommWelcome unity Organizations (November 2019)

“The history of eugenics in the U.S. has made migrant women vulnerable” by Brianna Theobald | The Washington Post (September 2020)

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