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Somali Woman Among Minnesota Governor’s newly-formed state Task Force on Health Care Financing


Gov. Mark Dayton today named 11 members to the newly-formed state Task Force on Health Care Financing, which will look the future of health care programs in Minnesota, including MNsure and MinnesotaCare.

The Legislature authorized the task force, which will begin meeting in August and report its findings in January. Those appointed today by the governor are:

  • Lynn Blewett – St. Paul, Director, University of Minnesota State Health Access Data Assistance Center
  • Elizabeth Doyle – Minneapolis, Associate Director/Policy Director, TakeAction Minnesota; Member from Broad-Based Nonprofit Consumer Advocacy Organization
  • Monica Hurtado,  – Minneapolis, Health Equity/Racial Justice Organizer, Voices for Racial Justice; Member from Organization Representing Consumers of Color
  • Sheila Kiscaden – Rochester, Olmsted County Commissioner
  • Sahra Noor – Roseville, CEO, People’s Center Health Services; Member from a Nonprofit Organization with Legal Expertise Representing Low-Income Consumers
  • Dr. Marilyn Peitso – Sartell, Pediatrician, CentraCare Health
  • Rosemarie Roach – St. Paul, Executive Director, Minnesota Nurses Association
  • Jim Schowalter – Eagan, President and CEO, Minnesota Council of Health Plans
  • Larry Schulz – Fergus Falls, CEO, Lake Region Healthcare
  • Dr. Todd Stivland – Stillwater, CEO, Bluestone Physician Services
  • Dr. Penny Wheeler – Minneapolis, President and CEO, Allina Health

Who is Sahra Noor?

Sahra Noor was nominated and chosen as one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 few months ago. As CEO at People’s Center Health Services, Sahra Noor forges and strengthens those vital links every day.

As a leader in the community, Noor influences how care is delivered to thousands of immigrants and other underserved patients in the Twin Cities. As an immigrant herself — having spent most of her teenage years in Kenyan refugee camps — Noor is deeply familiar with the issues facing new residents, and the need for a positive, welcoming health care environment.

Before taking on the leadership role at People’s Center, Noor acted as director of language services and community health at Fairview Health Services, where she developed an innovative online interpreter program that significantly reduced interpreter wait times. She’s garnered numerous awards and accolades for her efforts to improve health outcomes — not just for those in her neighborhood, but also throughout the state.

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