Tristessa Johnson

Tristessa Johnson

Health Equity Coach

Children's Minnesota

St. Paul, MN USA

If you want something, you’ll find a way. There are always going to be obstacles but you’ll find a way.


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Tristessa Johnson


My road in life has been direct.
I always knew that I wanted to help people, but I wasn’t entirely sure in what capacity.
I started working at Children’s Minnesota when I was 17 years old.
I also became a parent at 17 years old—after switching to a school that served pregnant women, I was able to earn credits early and complete a certified nurse assistant program.
While I realized that I didn’t want to be a nurse, I knew that I still wanted to help people—gaining experience with troubled youth helped push me towards the social work field.
As I built my career in social work, I became more and more passionate about helping youth.
Along the way, I earned both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work.
27 years later, I’m still with Children’s Minnesota, where I work as a health equity coach.
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Health Equity Coach

I ensure equitable healthcare, addressing social determinants and empowering underserved communities.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

Every day I'm on the frontline addressing biases and discrimination. My mornings often start with early meetings, discussing critical issues like children's vaccination statuses. My role takes me from the office to the community, whether it's administering flu shots on a mobile bus or engaging in community events to promote health equity. A significant part of my day is spent rounding both hospitals I oversee, connecting with staff and families to identify and address any equity concerns.


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You're young and you have a baby. You're not as capable as older generations."

Challenges I Overcame

Young Parent