In 2021, the second year of a global pandemic, our commitment to community health continued to play an important role in helping individuals, families, and entire communities as they face ongoing health, economic, and social justice challenges.
While COVID-19 vaccination rates increased throughout the year, our communities endured virus surges and outbreaks that disproportionately impacted people of color. During each phase of the pandemic, we rapidly evolved to meet changing community and social health needs, keeping equity at the core of our response.
Looking back at our work over the year, we are proud of what we accomplished. When the COVID-19 vaccine became available to the public, we designed, built, and adjusted outreach campaigns to increase vaccination rates. We also helped ensure fair and equitable administration of vaccinations in communities most affected by COVID-19.
Our Vaccine Equity Toolkit shared our approach and best practices with other care delivery organizations, health plans, and state and local governments. The toolkit continues to help deepen our existing partnerships and supports ongoing opportunities for mutual learning.
Now in 2022, it’s crucial that we lend our voice and our support to improving our nation’s public health infrastructure and demonstrate the value of public-private partnerships in confronting our collective challenges so that we’re better prepared for the next crisis.
As the health effects and economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic continue, our accelerated efforts broaden the scope of our care and services to address all factors that affect people’s health. Having a safe place to live, enough money to pay the bills, access to healthy meals, and meaningful social connections is essential to total health. Our mission, values, and commitment to health compel us to do all we can to improve the health of our communities.
Bechara Choucair, MD
Senior Vice President and Chief Health Officer