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Care for Vulnerable Populations

 “As CommonSpirit Health, we make the healing presence of God known in our world by improving the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.”  Our mission encourages us to continuously address the underlying drivers of persistent health disparities in America, including structural racism. These drivers continue to drive the most vulnerable patients among us away from care.  Additionally,  poor health outcomes, from maternal care to behavioral health, are unequally distributed across familiar lines of inequity: people of color, the poor, the uninsured, and the elderly continue to be disproportionately impacted. Recognizing that vulnerability is a universal human condition that impacts all of us,  we strive to empower communities, foster resilience, and leverage innovation in building a more just and equitable health system, starting with population health.

Informing this work across our enterprise is an interdisciplinary, system-wide executive leadership group called the Vulnerable Populations Council (VPC). The overall goal of the VPC is to set strategy in support of vulnerable populations for CommonSpirit Health and execute programming focused on equitable health care. Council work to date has focused on reimagining preventive care and the annual wellness visit to facilitate broader accessibility and more cultural competency, focused outreach and communications that promote vaccine uptake in traditionally underserved communities, and the standardization of race/ethnicity and sexual orientation and gender demographic data collection. More information on the VPC can be found here.

 

This affirmative focus on vulnerable populations continues to inform our work in clinical and population health innovation. Our work, from integrated behavioral health to patient navigation and addiction care, includes a health equity framework and rigorous outcome measures that hold us accountable to our mission of advancing social justice for all and confronting persistent health disparities.