Diversity and Health Equity

Meritus Health values diversity and health equity of the community we serve by empowering a diverse workforce to eliminate disparities in the care we provide to our patients.

Health equity allows for our patients to realize their full health potential no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make. To deliver on our mission, execute our vision, and embody our values, Meritus Health will strive to achieve health equity for the patients we serve. This year, Meritus Health took a long, hard look at our data relating to race, ethnicity, and language across thirteen safety and quality measures to identify health disparities at Meritus Health. This information helps us better understand our patients and their needs in order to eliminate the disparity in care we provide.

Below is a link to our Meritus Health FY20 Health Equity Report. The report highlights our analysis of multiple quality measures and identifies six areas that warrant further understanding and improvement to eliminate disparities in care. Transparency in our performance is essential to improving health equity.

Meritus FY20 Health Equity Report

Meritus Health Statement on Racism and Values of Diversity and Inclusion

Meritus Health is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion and health equity within our health system and community. At Meritus Health, all persons will be treated equally and respectfully. Discrimination in any form is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

We are committed to:

  • Continuously educating ourselves on important issues, such as unconscious bias, so that we increase self-awareness and respectfulness of diverse perspectives
  • Developing a common language and approach to diversity, health equity and inclusion
  • Eliminating disparities in care by looking at quality measures and identifying, reducing or eliminating root causes
  • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date data or patient information on race, ethnicity, language preference, other socio-demographic data and social determinants of health to meet patient-centered health needs
  • Building an engaged workforce and leadership that reflects the diversity of the community we serve
  • Developing strong and trusting community relationships with the goal of addressing conditions that negatively impact vulnerable communities

By July 1, 2021, we commit to:

  1. Develop implicit bias training and provide to 25% of our staff, then continue ongoing education for all employees
  2. Identify at least three quality measures stratified by race/ethnicity that demonstrate disparities and implement improvement initiatives
  3. Examine and report the diversity of leadership and workforce as compared to that of the community
  4. Collect social determinants of health data (socio-economic, housing, education, food security) for all patient visits and update annually
  5. Build strong community relationships with diverse stakeholder groups
  6. Share our progress toward meeting these commitments on our website and update at least annually

The facts are clear and scary - your zip code and your skin color are two of the biggest factors in determining your life expectancy. That shouldn’t be. Today, Americans are standing up together to demand change regardless of their color, race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or many other factors that make us all unique. We can no longer only dream of equality and hope for change. We must act. Together, we will eradicate racism and inequity in all forms and commit to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion.