After spending time to reflect on the sudden and consequential change made to women’s health care on a national level last week, we feel it…
After spending time to reflect on the sudden and consequential change made to women’s health care on a national level last week, we feel it is important to reiterate to our patients, partners, and neighbors what we believe as a community health organization.
CCI believes patient empowerment must be the foundation of health care. We know that positive health outcomes depend on a patient’s readiness to take the lead in their health journey and have a say in their care. Our responsibility as health care providers is to support the patient as they navigate complex information in unfamiliar situations. Ultimately, however, it’s the patient who demonstrates the courage to set and meet their unique health goals.
When the patient loses the right to help decide what is in their best interest within a health care setting, autonomy is lost, trust in the care team erodes, and public health suffers.
In 2009, CCI added family planning services to our comprehensive health model. In the years since, we have helped thousands of patients make informed decisions on when and if to have children through education, resources, and understanding. We view family planning much in the same way we view primary or dental care, and that’s as an integral part of whole-person health. Reproductive health is health care.
Health equity is contingent on patient rights. The right to receive patient-centered and culturally competent care. The right to access care. And the right to use one’s voice to advocate for one’s self. Amid these difficult times, CCI vows to continue serving and supporting the communities who depend on us daily, encouraging them to realize their rights as patients—and to always believe in themselves as human beings.