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.