West Valley Health Equity
Where home meets health
Our Founding Principles
A message from our founder
Helen Bujak-Bouchard, Founder
Effective and whole-person care recognizes, understands, and acts on behalf of a person’s full range of complex health and health-related needs and priorities. It requires a greater emphasis on promoting wellness, offering primary care and comprehensive preventive services, mental health, and addressing social needs, social risk factors, and adverse social determinants of health. Whole-person care is important for all, but critical for individuals and communities more likely to experience negative social and structural factors, including systemic racism, sexism, and classism, which result in inadequate access to care, poorer quality and fragmented care, worse experience and dissatisfaction with care, and worse outcomes. West Valley OB-GYN is a community-based organization that operates close to where people live, and our staff have a deep understanding of the population and community we serve. Unfortunately, in our neighborhoods and community, there are persistent barriers to health and opportunity to thrive. In response to community need, Nicholas Bujak MD, PLLC, dba West Valley OB-GYN, is opening West Valley Health Equity. Health equity means that everyone in our diverse society should have the opportunity to lead longer, healthier lives.
West Valley Health Equity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located adjacent to West Valley OB-GYN in the highest need quartile of the Arizona Community Profile Dashboards (AZDHS) with the highest proportion of adults living below the Federal Poverty Line. West Valley Health Equity is piloting new ways to more effectively meet the needs of individuals with complex health and social needs, individuals that typically have multiple chronic physical and behavioral health conditions and often face significant economic and social barriers to achieving better health. Our health and social systems typically focus narrowly on an individual’s single need and are not designed to work together to address multiple needs, often leading to costly and avoidable care. Many causes of poor health are best addressed through non-medical interventions that require cross-sector and community collaboration. The foundational goal of West Valley Health Equity is advancing health equity and excellence that is grounded in the ability of individuals to access and receive the full range of affordable care they need, in their community and experience being treated with dignity and respect. The impact of West Valley Health Equity can be measured across multiple domains including effectiveness/quality of services, health and well-being, service delivery, and cost/utilization.
Anything is possible when we provide leadership that encourages empathy and fosters the principles of hope and resilience in the communities we live; it’s more urgent now than ever.