GUEST COLUMNIST: Improving health equity in the Region is a mission-driven team effort – The Times of Northwest Indiana – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” For Franciscan Health, our mission — continuing Christ’s ministry in our Franciscan tradition — informs our strategy in tackling the difficult socioeconomic challenges facing society today.

Simply put, the ministry of Jesus is one founded upon love of others. Our decisions are guided every day by the principle that every human being is formed in the image and likeness of God, and thus, deserves treatment with dignity and respect. When operating within this framework, there is no room for disparities in care or in health outcomes. As the leader in healthcare in northern Indiana, Franciscan Health embraces its role in leading efforts to eliminate these disparities.

The year 2020 was like no other, with the pandemic and social issues dominating attention. While Franciscan Health has always had a focus on serving the poor and disenfranchis


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