Equity statement

Approved by the HPIO Board of Directors, April 26, 2021

HPIO is committed to advancing equity to ensure all Ohioans achieve their full health potential. We understand that achieving equity requires eliminating injustices and fostering a diverse, inclusive and accessible culture and environment.

HPIO’s commitment is rooted in an understanding that:

  • Systems, policies and beliefs unfairly favor some Ohioans over others.
  • Systematically disadvantaged communities face historical and contemporary obstacles to good health driven by racism, ageism, ableism, sexism, classism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and religious, geographic, and other forms of discrimination.
  • Individuals can be further negatively impacted when their identities intersect across systematically disadvantaged groups (e.g., Ohioan of color with a disability).
  • Diversity across perspectives, lived experiences and identities strengthens organizational culture and performance.