Community Healthcare Network joins the global chorus of people of good will in condemning America’s persisting culture of racism. Its evil affects us all.
At the heart of CHN is its daily actions providing needed health care to residents of underserved communities of color. We combat racial disparities in health day by day. It is who we are. That work is good, but not enough.
Like our allies who fight for equality and justice, CHN is looking hard – both inside and outside – to create a fairer and more decent workplace, and world.
Robert M. Hayes
President and CEO
Community Healthcare Network
CHN is committed to fighting racism, bias, and discrimination in healthcare. We are actively implementing anti-racist policies and practices across all departments in our network. Our external policy agenda focuses on the following:
- Addressing racism in the healthcare workforce by advocating for implicit bias training for medical school and continuing medical education (CME) requirements. Our advocacy places a special emphasis on reproductive healthcare providers and disparities in maternal health outcomes. We also advocate for policies that promote greater diversity and representation in the healthcare workforce.
- Advocating for law enforcement reform that prioritizes police transparency and accountability. CHN condemns the unjust, unlawful, and violent targeting of Black people by law enforcement. Police violence inflicts bodily harm, causes trauma, and creates fear among the communities we serve. Police reform is a fundamental requirement for basic public health.
- Denouncing anti-Asian rhetoric that has been used to obscure the truth and shift blame of the COVID-19 pandemic on Asians. CHN condemns the spread of divisive rhetoric that has led to the rise of hate crimes towards the Asian American community.
- Engaging eligible voters to register and participate in local, state, and federal elections. Our non-partisan voter engagement efforts seek to empower patients to exercise their civic rights and choose who serves as a voice for their community.
Progress We’ve Made:
- Revamped and relaunched Community Advisory Boards that focus consumer and community health needs with the goal of addressing social determinants of health and promoting health equity;
- Created borough-wide Patient Advisory Councils as a forum for incorporating patient voices into organizational decision-making;
- Hosted patient focus groups to better understand patients’ experiences, needs and recommendations;
- Working to address the “shadow pandemic” of food insecurity through community partnerships and events with the Food Bank of NY;
- Developing new projects and services with community partners, including a workforce development program for people returning to the community after justice involvement and an on-site food pantry in East New York.
- Working closely with local churches and community-based organizations to ensure vaccine equity in black and brown communities by launching four FEMA vaccine sites and hosting weekend and evening vaccine pop-up events across the city.