Our Founding Principles
Equity: Everyone deserves a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible, regardless of their race, ethnicity, preferred language, gender, sexual identity, age, disability status, religion, employment, income, migrant status, and other factors.
Access to care is inextricably linked to equity—if everyone is to have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible, access to high quality and safe healthcare is essential. Enrolling patients in coverage annually has saved lives, reduced health care costs, narrowed racial disparities, and provided peace of mind to those who would otherwise have been uninsured. However, access is not limited to coverage for healthcare services. It includes ensuring that healthcare services are available and affordable to everyone independent of who they are, where they live, or their insurance status.
Provide Whole-Person Care to Achieve Health Equity
- Actively promote and facilitate access to care for all in ways that accommodate diverse life circumstances and needs.
- Establish and sustain a trusting environment where everyone feels they are welcomed and treated with dignity and respect.
- Provide whole-person, effective, high-quality care responsive to plans co-created with individuals, families, and caregivers.
- Engage with organizations and community residents, prioritizing those most affected by inequities.
- Build trusting relationships with individuals and organizations in the community.
- Respect and build on the expertise and power of individuals and organizations in the community.
- Use healthcare’s voice to shape public understanding about the importance of health equity and dismantling racism and all forms of discrimination
- Use investments to contribute to the health and resilience of communities.