March 2, 2022
Health Equity through Racial Justice
The faith that motivates Adventist healthcare around the world is founded on the belief that all human beings are created in the image of God and are loved by the Creator. Adventist faith is informed by the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and is committed to extending Christ’s ministry in the service of human health. According to this faith, every person has dignity as a child of God and must be given respect and just treatment. This belief in fundamental human equality leads us to embrace the goal of health equity and work to overcome structural racism that result in inequitable health outcomes. As the united policy voice of the five Adventist health systems in the United States, the Adventist Health Policy Association is committed to promoting care for the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. Racism destroys the well- being of communities and threatens both personal and public health. For health care to be effective for the whole person, health systems must attend to the factors that undermine health.