Portrait of Sylvester “Syl” Jones

Sylvester “Syl” Jones

Director, equity and inclusion, Hennepin Healthcare


Syl Jones uses unique methods to encourage health equity. He recently produced a play encouraging staff to confront racial and cultural biases. Because Hennepin Healthcare is an essential medical organization in the Twin Cities, serving indigent populations as well as those who want expert care regardless of their illness, it’s important that it offers equitable care to all persons. Under Jones’ leadership, hundreds of staff have undergone training in historical trauma, implicit bias, and trauma-informed care. Jones also created Hennepin Healthcare’s first community advisory board to help the organization listen to the multiple communities it serves.