Racism within any context is an affront to the core values of Catholic social teaching, which acknowledges the inherent dignity of each person, calls for the furthering of the common good and seeks justice through solidarity. Catholic health care recognizes the profound effect racism has on the health and well-being of individuals and communities and is committed to addressing the systemic causes of health disparities among underserved and vulnerable populations. As such, we are committed to working with partners who share these convictions to implement wide-sweeping change and eliminate the racial inequities in our marginalized communities.
Achieving health equity requires us to listen meaningfully and engage effectively by involving in the decision-making process those most affected by health care challenges, disparities and inequities in order to develop and implement systemic changes. As health leaders in communities across the country we are in a unique position to bring about the change that justice demands. We must be actively anti-racist, lead through accountability, develop authentic community engagement built on trust and demonstrate measurable impact in the communities we are called to serve.