April 22, 2021

Advancing Health Equity in Our Communities

Providence is rooted in recognizing the inherent dignity of every person. We are called to care for the most vulnerable and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy life. This is core to our Mission, which extends beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics and into the neighborhoods of the communities we serve.

As part of the Health Equity Initiative, earlier this year Providence made an initial investment of $1.4 million to identify and prioritize inequities within underserved communities of Los Angeles and Orange counties and the High Desert. To date, Providence has administered more than 250,000 doses of life-saving COVID-19 vaccines and delivered 76,000 COVID-19 kits to reduce continued spread in Southern California. We developed a text-based tool to connect individuals to COVID-19 resources in English and Spanish, posted educational COVID-19 prevention signage in the most affected communities of the High Desert and trained 16 multi-lingual community health workers (CHWs) to deliver clinic-based and in-home care. The CHWs are the backbone of our Health Equity Initiative, as they deliver vital resources, including COVID-19 prevention and testing kits, COVID-19 vaccination education programs and other critical health care resources.

This vital work would not be possible without our valued community partners, who help us listen to and engage with our communities to understand the structural and cultural barriers at the local level.

In Orange County, we have partnered with Latino Health Access and the Asian Pacific Islander Collaborative for community outreach and connection to services in the highest risk areas of the County. We are also partnering with five Orange County cities to deliver thousands of COVID-19 vaccines each week in neighborhoods most at-risk from the impacts of the virus. Partnerships like these are essential in making progress towards health equity across Southern California.

Our foundresses in Orange County, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, have a long, established history of advocating for the rights of those facing racism and discrimination. We honor their legacy today as we work toward a just and equal society for all people.