Health Equity at LMH Health

At LMH Health, our commitment to health equity, inclusion and diversity isn’t something we do in addition to our work, it’s a fundamental part of who we are.

What is health equity?

We’ve borrowed our definition of health equity from our colleagues at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments and healthcare.

Simply put, health equity means increasing opportunities for everyone to live the healthiest life possible, no matter who you are, where you live or how much money you make.

Why is health equity important to LMH Health?

At LMH Health, our purpose is being a partner for lifelong health. To fulfill that purpose, we’re committed to making everyone’s health our priority. That’s broader than the conventional approach to hospital care and healthcare. It’s about keeping people healthy, which is a much bigger commitment than treating them only when they’re sick.

We have three primary imperatives:

  • Value: To reduce unnecessary variations in care based on personal characteristics, including age, culture, race, ethnicity, disability, religious or spiritual beliefs, gender and sexual orientation/identity.
  • Engagement: To provide patient and family-centered care that meets and values the social, cultural and linguistic needs.
  • Belonging: To ensure a diverse and inclusive workforce and learning environment.

Meet the teams

Health Equity Advancement Leadership

  • Verdell Taylor: Manager, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
  • Erica Hill: Director, Health Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Health Equity Impact Advisors

The goal of the Impact Advisors is to guide the work of the Inclusion, Diversity and Equity team, vet and make recommendations to senior leadership, and be an LMH Health resource regarding inclusion, diversity and equity matters. 

  • Julie Black-Opilo, Vice-Chair
  • Verdell Taylor, Manager
  • Erica Hill, Director

Health Equity Advancement Team (HEAT)

An interdisciplinary team of staff, faculty, house staff, administrators, and healthcare providers representing LMH Health. HEAT works in partnership with Health Equity Advancement leadership to actualize LMH’s mission.

HEAT will support LMH’s commitment to providing high-quality, family-centered care for all of our patients, honoring all races, backgrounds, and personal characteristics while delivering such equitable care within an inclusive clinical environment that supports all members of a diverse workforce.

The team will also provide the infrastructure needed to educate, innovate, and advance efforts designed to eliminate health and healthcare disparities.

  • Erica Hill, Co-chair
  • Lynley W. Holman, MD, Co-chair
  • Erica Hill, Co-chair

Community Health Equity Advocacy Council

The purpose of the Community Health Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Council is to serve as an advisory body to LMH Health.

  • Dr. Tamara Cash
  • Beth Clark
  • Willone Eubanks  
  • Dr. Maryemma Graham
  • Erica Hill: Director, LMH Health Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
  • Joanne Hurst: Former LMH Health Trustee
  • Tanya Ingram: Community Advocate
  • Rev. Justin Jenkins: Lead Pastor, Velocity Church
  • Russ Johnson: LMH Health President & CEO
  • Lisa Larsen
  • Frank Lemus
  • Ursula Minor: President, Lawrence Branch NAACP
  • Dr. Leonard Ortiz
  • Shannon Portillo
  • Dr. Kelsey Shinnick Goddard, PhD
  • Elizabeth Stephens: Community Advocate
  • Nancy Thellman
  • Verdell Taylor: Manager, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

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