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Center for Health Equity and Wellness

The Center for Health Equity and Wellness is an important extension of Adventist HealthCare's mission to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

It aims to improve the health of communities served by Adventist HealthCare by raising awareness of community health needs and local disparities, improving access to culturally appropriate care, and providing community wellness outreach and education. A team of health educators, clinical care coordinators, nurses, patient navigators, and public health researchers and interns work together to ensure the delivery of population-based care and promote health equity in the communities we serve.

Areas of Focus

Health Programs Delivery

Health educators and clinical staff with expertise in cancer outreach, cardiovascular care, diabetes self-management, smoking cessation, and maternal/child health provide disease prevention, health promotion, and wellness education for inpatient and outpatient populations.

Community Health and Outreach

With Adventist HealthCare hospitals, community health coordinators and public health interns provide community outreach activities including health screenings and education to improve health outcomes among seniors, adults, teens and families. This team makes sure language interpretation and translation services are accessible to people in our communities as well.

Research and Education

Part of the Center’s mission is to enhance knowledge, dissemination, and implementation of best practices key to eliminating health and healthcare disparities. Public health science researchers collaborate with partners within Adventist HealthCare and in the community to research local health disparities and outcomes, build cross-cultural awareness and communication skills among health care professionals and staff, and produce annual reports on health care equity and community health needs to inform hospital quality improvement.

Additional Information

The Center for Health Equity and Wellness is always interested in discussing partnership opportunities and expanding its health programs, community outreach and wellness activities, research program, and education and training offerings. For additional information on Adventist HealthCare's Center for Health Equity and Wellness, please contact 301-315-3140.

Center on Health Disparities

2013 Progress Report

Our Progress Report demonstrates how patient data can be analyzed through a health equity framework to identify and address possible disparities in health care.

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Cultural Competence

As the diversity of our community continues to change, providing health care that is culturally sensitive goes to the heart of our mission as an organization.