Health Equity by Design
Listen to Darrell Gray II, MD, Chief Health Equity Officer, talk about how whole health is anchored in advancing health equity.
Defining Health Equity
Any effort to advance whole health begins with a commitment to advancing health equity. Our name, Elevance Health, was formed out of the concepts of "elevate" and "advance," signifying our vision to elevate the importance of whole health and advance health beyond healthcare. Critical to realizing this vision is the imperative to design for the outcomes we seek. Health equity, therefore, cuts across four strategic components: whole health, exceptional experiences, care provider enablement, and digital platforms.
Importantly, equity is distinct from equality. Equality, as a process, is a one-size-fits-all approach in which everyone receives the same resources with the hope that they will each achieve the same optimal outcome. In contrast, equity is a personalized approach, recognizing that needs vary based on demographic and health-related attributes.
Health Equity by Design Podcast
Listen to Darrell Gray, II, MD, inaugural Chief Health Equity Officer for Elevance Health, talk more about how we can advance health equity together on the Reach Out and Read podcast.
Empowering Care Providers
Care providers, whether they are in our networks or not, can also leverage our mydiversepatients.com site to access courses that offer CME credits. The site is a collaboration with Training Systems Design, LLC, to expand the way we think about healthcare and help close care gaps due to inequities.
To learn the latest on what Elevance Health is doing in partnership with care providers to advance health equity in our communities, visit our Stories page on our website and filter by topic #HealthEquity.
Our health-equity-by-design approach facilitates growth and realizes our role in a more equitable health and healthcare ecosystem. This approach will only succeed, however, with a strong, collaborative partnership between us and the care providers we work with. Together, we need to look beyond the traditional race-exclusive view of health equity to optimizing health at the individual level for all — regardless of age, geography, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability — by prioritizing efforts and investments that deliver on that outcome and elevating our consumers and communities that are socially and/or economically marginalized.
Elevance Health partners with national organizations to address health equity in communities nationwide. We strive to promote health where people live, learn, work, and play, including literacy, cancer screenings, behavioral health, recovery from substance use, and support for caregivers.