Health Equity

Lessons Learned at Medtronic Help One Employee Improve Healthcare in Vietnam

Joe Lontai blends medical device skills with military service

Time away from work can sometimes be quite an adventure for Joe Lontai.

A few weeks ago, he took on a challenge: helping improve how Vietnam’s healthcare systems treat patients during natural disasters.

Lontai is an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) area sales manager in Oregon and Alaska, and also a member of the Oregon National Guard. In that capacity, he serves as director of a program called Pacific Partnership, a 10-year information-exchanging relationship between Vietnam and the Oregon National Guard. He recently spent two weeks in Vietnam supporting the effort.

Quest for Health Equity Intern Spotlights


The Quest Diagnostics Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE) team sponsored a summer intern program to help Scholars from the American Heart Association’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), and the Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute programs gain real-world experience in the health equity space.

Get to know them and learn what these Q4HE interns are saying about real-world learning programs sponsored by Quest.

Medtronic Mobile Lab Trucks Expand Access to Healthcare Tech

The fleet just doubled to reach more clinicians with healthcare technology education

Is it a semi-truck, a moving billboard, or a classroom on wheels? The Medtronic Mobile Lab trucks are all three, and one or more may be coming to a city near you.

The trucks are built to simulate an operating room — and we just doubled our fleet to reach more clinicians with healthcare technology education.

With the expansion of Mobile Labs’ fleet from three to six trucks, we will go from training 2,000 healthcare providers (HCPs) a year on how to use our technologies to more than 5,000 in 38 states across the United States.

Medtronic Expands Health Equity Assistance Program for Colon Cancer Screening With Support From Amazon Web Services; Completes First Installation of Donated GI Genius™ Intelligent Endoscopy Modules

Additional +80 GI Genius™ units to be donated for a total of 133 to 62 facilities that primarily serve communities with low screening rates or where access to the technology is not currently available
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DUBLIN, July 21, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT), a global leader in healthcare technology, and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) today announced they are expanding the Medtronic Health Equity Assistance Program for colon cancer screening in medically underserved communities across the United States, with support from Amazon Web Services's (AWS)

Why Are Some Black Americans With Bipolar Disorder Going Undiagnosed?

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Although Black Americans have the same rate of bipolar disorder as other racial and ethnic groups, they are less likely to receive a diagnosis due to lack of access and cultural stigma. Check out the facts and consider sharing this resource with a friend:

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Medtronic LABS' Road to Reimagining Global Healthcare

From grassroots effort to over 40,000 lives improved – and growing

It all started with a question, posed by former Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar Ishrak. What if we could address the health issues of people in underserved communities around the world?

The idea for Medtronic LABS was born.

Today, LABS is an independent Medtronic-funded nonprofit organization that accelerates healthcare access for underserved communities around the world through technology.

But back in 2012, when Ishrak first posed his pivotal question, no one could have predicted what LABS would become.

Juneteenth: Remembering the Past, Reimagining the Future

Bristol Myers Squibb encourages its workforce to pause, reflect and participate in a culture of inclusion in observance of Juneteenth

On June 20, Bristol Myers Squibb has reserved the day to honor Juneteenth, to allow the workforce to pause, reflect and play a part in a culture of inclusion.

Fighting for Health Equity: A Message From Quest Diagnostics' President and CEO


As a company dedicated to promoting a healthier world, Quest serves on the front lines in the fight against health disparities. Our sense of urgency increased soon after we introduced one of the first COVID-19 PCR tests, as we saw the disproportionate and devastating impact of the pandemic on underserved communities.

Medtronic Podcast: Ruchika Singhal Says One Thing Can Bring Better Healthcare to More People Worldwide

A podcast with Ruchika Singha, president of Medtronic Labs
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Ruchika Singhal, president of Medtronic Labs, says she grew up in Medtronic, starting her career as an engineer. But her professional life really began when she took over Medtronic Labs, a non-profit quasi-independent arm with a mission of bringing better healthcare to more people worldwide. In this podcast, Singhal shares her story and identifies the one thing that will help more people living away from big cities and healthcare hubs. “We’re never going to have enough doctors and we’re never going to have enough infrastructure,” Singhal says.

Podcast: Building a Scalable, Sustainable and Impactful Way to Bring Equity to Healthcare

A podcast with Karen Shehade and Dr. John de Csepel of the Medtronic Health Equity Advisory Committee
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This episode of MedtronicTalks explores the company’s efforts to flag the multiple sources of healthcare inequity wrought by racial, geographic or economic differences in the U.S. Among the topics discussed, Karen Shehade of Medtronic Americas Region Medical Affairs organization explains how Medtronic leadership is seeking a sustainable and scalable way to make a difference in how people receive correct care more easily. Dr. John de Csepel, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs, Americas Region, discusses possible solutions.


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