A message from the Health Care Authority.
Dear HCA team,
I want to share with you the statement we have just posted about health equity and social justice.
While it is unusual for a state agency to comment on social issues, this is more than just a current event. This is a moment for us to reexamine our own approach to health equity, and make concrete steps forward in ensuring equal access to quality health care for all residents of our state. This is a moment to acknowledge that black lives matter.
Too often, the quality and accessibility of health care is determined by someone’s zip code, skin color and income. That is wrong, and is the result of many years of systemic racism. We can and must do much better for those we serve.
We have an opportunity to acknowledge the intersection between health, poverty and race, and act accordingly. This is not easy or comfortable work, but it is necessary, and it must be done in partnership with the communities most impacted by health disparities.
In the coming weeks, we will share a draft health equity strategic plan and ask for input. I also welcome any conversation with you. Please reach out if you want to share your thoughts with me.
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