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Grounded in our core values, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) acknowledges and condemns racism in health care – from patient care and from the environment in which VCH delivers care. We are deeply committed to advancing culturally appropriate care and have initiated a comprehensive effort to address racism in our health care system.

Our anti-racism efforts centre on experiences of racialized communities and assert the right for all people to access safe, quality care, free of discrimination. We recognize the ongoing impact of racism on health and health services and we are leading a meaningful transformation to support greater health equity.

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VCH Pillar: Anti-Racism

Creating a community where we dismantle attitudes, practices and processes that impact people based on their race or ethnicity.

As we develop a comprehensive action plan, we are guided by the following principles:

  • Drive systemic change – enact fundamental changes to organizational policies and practices to remove barriers, reduce harm and improve experiences.
  • Engage key stakeholders – engage, listen and centre the voices and perspectives of people who have been most impacted.
  • Partner with impacted communities – work with community partners to create opportunities to advance VCH’s anti-racism objectives and create respectful partnerships.

More on our vision and other pillars

Our vision

Our vision of healthy lives in healthy communities inspires us and our values and pillars guide us. Collectively, our actions contribute to creating safe, healthy spaces for everyone and support quality patient outcomes, access to equitable care and a great place to work.

Indigenous Cultural Safety

Committing to reconciliation and learning, and providing the best care informed by the history and culture of Indigenous peoples.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Promoting a sense of belonging where we can bring our whole selves to VCH.

Planetary Health

Restoring, stewarding and conserving healthy ecosystems for generations to come.