Portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our commitment to equity

Too often, where we're born, the color of our skin or living with a disability determines our chance at a healthy life.

Our commitment to promoting equity is a commitment to ending this reality.

We have a shared fate—as individuals within a community and communities within society.  All communities need the ability to shape their own present and future.  Equity is both the means to healthy communities and an end that benefits us all.  Equity requires the intentional examination of systemic policies and practices that, even if they have the appearance of fairness, may, in effect, have the opposite result.  Working toward equity requires an understanding of historical contexts and the active investment in social structures over time to ensure that all communities can experience their vision for health. 

Priorities for our Equity Work

We believe that we will improve the health of all communities through deliberate strategies that promote equity and eliminate health inequities. We believe that the following areas represent the greatest opportunities for our particular efforts:

  • Race/ethnicity, including immigrant and refugee identification

  • Geography

  • Physical, mental and developmental disability