To offer health and wellness services that will optimize the lives of all members of the community.
Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center was born out of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, dedicated to improving a system of racial health disparities and inequities. Racism continues as a major public health crisis, and it will continue to be as long as health outcomes continue to be different for ethnic groups.
Racial minorities have higher rates of chronic diseases and premature deaths. Minorities are disproportionately impacted by diseases such as asthma, hypertension, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and more recently COVID-19 and Monkeypox. For example, African American men are nearly twice as likely as whites to die prematurely from strokes. According to the Center for Disease Control, the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is 2.5 times higher for Black women than for white women.
We stand as an advocate for affordable health care access to all. Health disparities will never be resolved until social justice triumphs and all people are treated with equality, dignity, and respect.
Social justice is a public health crisis because the well-being of our community as a whole ultimately impacts all of us on individual levels. Health care is a basic human right. We are committed to treating every person with dignity and care, regardless of the color of their skin, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, insurance status, or income level.
Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center is dedicated to combating inequity and providing a positive environment where our entire community can feel comfortable receiving excellent and culturally sensitive care.
So long as communities experience oppression, we, as a society, will not be able to guarantee health and wellbeing for everyone.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement
We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion across all areas of our organization and do not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, disability, race, color, ancestry, citizenship, religion, pregnancy, sexual orientation, national origin, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, payment source or ability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.
At Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, we value the diversity in our organization and community and believe that each individual brings a unique perspective that contributes to a vibrant work environment. We think that different ideas, experiences, and perspectives create a strong work environment that helps us achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients.