What is Health Equity?
It’s unfortunate that inequities—injustice or unfairness—exist due to unequal access to power and resources. These inequities can be found throughout society, including healthcare.
Health inequity makes it difficult for individuals to live their healthiest lives because of socially determined circumstances like lack of income, adequate shelter, or health coverage. Health inequities can result in differences in life spans, disease rates, disability, death, and access to healthcare.
Health equity will be achieved when everyone can live their healthiest life regardless of social circumstances.
CCI: Fostering Health Equity
Health equity is at the core of CCI Health & Wellness Services’ mission. By increasing access to high-quality healthcare and partnering with our patients, our staff, and our community, we strive to move us closer to achieving health equity.
CCI’s efforts to achieve equity start from the inside out. We are as diverse as the community we serve because we are from the community. Just like our patients, our staff represents a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. Nearly 86 percent of our staff are BIPOC. Representation matters and hiring from within the community helps us build trust by providing more culturally knowledgeable care.
Equity in Community Health
CCI is one of the thousands of community health centers across the country that work tirelessly to serve low-income and vulnerable populations. They not only provide access to healthcare, but they also do it by removing barriers that impede that access. Some of the ways CCI improves access to care is by:
- Providing healthcare services in our patients’ preferred language by hiring bilingual staff and using translators.
- Offering multiple affordable and integrated services in one place, including primary care, dental care, and behavioral health services.
- Offering supportive services like the drug discount program and WIC– Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.
- Providing Uber and Lyft vouchers to patients who need their COVID-19 vaccine but lack access to transportation.
- Offering later hour days at each health center site for those patients who can’t make appointments during regular business hours.