Everyone deserves a fair opportunity to get the medicine, vaccines, and clinical services they need to live a healthier life, but unfortunately that’s not the reality for millions of underserved people around the world. Racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and rural residents are just a few of the groups that face considerable barriers to quality care.
Watch this video to gain a deeper understanding of the disparities that exist in healthcare and what we can do together to make a difference. It captures what health equity means to us and provides a glimpse into the important work our team members are doing to create healthier futures in communities far and wide. Links to versions with translated captions are also included below.
"In addition to shaping the culture of our organization and inspiring our 44,000 team members around the world, our commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion compels us to address the systemic barriers that exist within the healthcare ecosystem, reduce the disparities that unjustly impact vulnerable communities, and empower more equitable health outcomes for all patients."
Chairman, President, and CEO
Advancing health access globally and health equity locally
To ensure the change we’re making is maximized and meaningful as we move forward, we’ve developed a strategic framework to guide our health equity initiatives. Our teams across the enterprise can use this framework to develop holistic plans that address each of the following activation pillars to be more intentional about improving outcomes for our team members and in our communities.
- Healthcare services
- Strategic partnerships
- Awareness and advocacy
- Employee resource groups
- Benefit design
Tracking progress and being fully transparent
Built into our health equity strategic framework is a new system of measurement that will quantify our global contributions — the Health Equity Index. As we put our initiatives into the framework, we’ll be able to measure the tangible impact we have on our team members and communities around the world. This includes the number of people in underserved groups who gained access to healthcare or the decrease in specific health disparities. These metrics will be reviewed on a yearly basis, validated through a third party, shared in our annual DEI Report, and used to shape our long-term DEI goals.