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At Prevea Health, we believe that being adaptable to the histories (i.e. includes exclusion and trauma) of the diverse cultures of our patients, staff, physicians and communities is at the foundation of providing excellent health care. When we build inclusion, compassion and respect on top of that foundation, we create a culture of people who feel seen, heard and cared well for.
Living up to a commitment to diversity and inclusion requires first understanding and addressing the health disparities that exist in our communities. Although the term disparity is often interpreted to mean racial or ethnic disparities, many dimensions of disparity exist — particularly in health. If a health outcome is seen to a greater or lesser extent between populations, there is disparity. Race or ethnicity, sex, sexual identity, age, disability, socioeconomic status and geographic location all play a role in an individual’s ability to achieve good health.
It is important to recognize the impact that social determinants have on health outcomes of specific populations. Complex relationships exist between health and biology, genetics and individual behavior, and between health and health services, socioeconomic status, the physical environment, discrimination, racism, literacy levels and legislative policies. These factors, which influence health on an individual or population level, are known as social determinants of health.
Although Wisconsin ranks high in overall health care quality nationally, the state performs poorly with respect to disparities and ensuring that care is provided to all people equally.
Prevea is dedicated to serving the community and providing the compassion, care and respect each patient deserves. Browse our presentation library dedicated to our efforts surrounding Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.