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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.

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Our vision

We believe in delivering exceptional care and our patients, clients and residents are at the centre of all that we do. Our vision and purpose inspire us and our values and pillars guide us.

Indigenous Cultural Safety

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

Equity, Diversity & 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.