Health equity at HonorHealth

What is health equity?

Across the nation, gaps in healthcare are large, persistent and increasing — many are caused by barriers at every level in our society. The goal of health equity is to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities to be as healthy as possible.
Health equity at HonorHealth has two pathways:

 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

  • Diversity is the presence of differences that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, disability, age etc. Populations that have been, and remain, underrepresented in healthcare and marginalized in society.
  • Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.
  • Inclusion is an outcome that ensures everyone feels welcome and are met when you, your organization and program are truly inviting to all – to the degree in which everyone is able to participate fully in decision-making processes and development opportunities.

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)

  • Social determinants of health (SDOH) are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work and play that impact a wide range of health and quality-of life risks and outcomes.

Diversity, equity and inclusion mission statement

Our mission

Apply our ICARE values through diversity, equity and inclusion at HonorHealth and provide the best experiences for our employees, patients and the communities we serve.

Our vision

We will achieve our mission by

  • Accomplishing diverse representation in key forums and leadership
  • Enabling equality of opportunity and preparedness through fairness and training
  • Opposing bias and discrimination by promoting curiosity and transparency
  • Fostering belonging and inclusion for all--an emotional connection to the mission

HonorHealth is committed to improve the health and well-being of those we serve. One of the ways we do this is by fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion within our organization and community.

People are at the core of HonorHealth. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, ingenuity, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our team members invest in their work represents a significant part of our culture, our reputation, and our achievement.

Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is driven by our cultural declaration to go beyond in all that we do as experienced through our ICARE values of Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect and Empathy.

We will advance our ICARE values in order to provide the best experiences for our people, patients and for the communities we serve: in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees, physicians, volunteers, patients, families and community unique.

Our promise to our patients is to provide care that is patient-centered and equitable and that takes into account unique perspectives.

Our promise to each other is to celebrate and respect our differences.

Our commitment is to provide equitable treatment to every individual and work to eliminate discrimination in all of its forms at all organizational levels.

 

Together, we continue to go beyond, and exemplify Honor Above All.

Health equity at HonorHealth Academic Affairs

HonorHealth Academic Affairs, in concert with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), recognizes and celebrates diversity within our programs and recruits in compliance with policies outlined by HonorHealth’s Department of Human Resources, ACGME and the National Residency Match Program (NRMP)1.  

 

Educational content

Residents, fellows, faculty and team members have access to didactics and resources through a variety of paths:

 

  • Academic Affairs Grand Rounds Series
  • Podcasts
  • Blog posts
    • Black History Month – Influence on Medicine
  • Didactics
    • LGBTQ+ curricula
    • Population health and health care disparities
  • HonorHealth Libraries DEI: Guide
    • Teaching resources, webinars, podcasts, COVID-19-revealed inequity data, and tools and resources
  • Quality improvement (QI) projects – Residents and fellows are required to participate in a QI or patient safety project. Many are working on QI projects related to healthcare disparities, including:

For more information, contact diversity@honorhealth.com.


1“HonorHealth and its subsidiary organizations are equal opportunity employers (EOE) and will take the appropriate actions to employ, advance in employment and treat all members of protected classifications without discrimination in all employment practices.  HonorHealth is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age, race, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, disability, military status (including veterans), genetic information (GINA) or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law. These actions include, but are not limited to, hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral and other conditions of employment.”

“Programs select candidates from among eligible applicants based on their educational preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.”

Source: HonorHealth Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy; HonorHealth Institutional Eligibility and Selection Process Policy