Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

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Land Acknowledgement

As an organization founded to serve historically marginalized people and communities in the
Bay Area across ages, identities, and abilities, we affirm the importance of acknowledging the
land we occupy and the Indigenous People of this land. We also affirm the importance of
acknowledging the forced and exploited labor that has benefited generations of people while
taking a toll on generations of traditionally marginalized people.


We at LifeLong would like to acknowledge that we operate, gather, and benefit every day on
the lands of the Ohlone, Miwok, Muwekma peoples. They are the enduring caregivers of this place known as Berkeley, California and the greater Bay Area. Native American people are
present, with more than 150 tribes across California alone, and thousands of Indigenous
people living, working, and thriving right here in the Bay Area. Indigenous people have always
been here and they are still here. Their cultures and wisdoms are still alive in the spaces we
occupy. We stand in solidarity with the Ohlone, Miwok, Muwekma people and will continue to
say their names while taking steps to live in right relationship with the first peoples of this
land.

Learn about the people of the land that you occupy, by visiting https://native-land.ca/

I would also like to acknowledge those who have labored that we might be here today. First,we acknowledge our country’s history. We acknowledge those who were brought to this
country against their will, as part of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. Enslaved people were
forced to work as chattel to create the wealth and resources that built the US economy and
the very industries millions of people continue to benefit from today. We also acknowledge
the labor of historically marginalized people. Additionally, we acknowledge the laborers who
are rarely acknowledged – farm workers, the low wage workers, sanitation workers,
construction workers, day laborers, hourly workers of all kinds, and those working at or below minimum wage. Their labor continues to fuel the US economy and the industries that we
benefit from today.

At LifeLong, we acknowledge those who work on the frontlines with patients and community
members, those who work with the unhoused and the unprotected, those who provide the
administrative and operational support that makes our work possible, and all those in
between. We acknowledge all those that labor and have labored. We value them and we
acknowledge them now.

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What is DEIB

LifeLong Medical Care is a Bay Area network of many federally qualified health centers providing patient-centered medical and dental care across the life cycle to more than 55,000 patients. LifeLong serves traditionally marginalized people and communities throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties. We also employ more than 1200 people, who are equally as diverse as our patient populations. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) are priorities at LifeLong Medical Care because we value the diversity of our patients and staff and recognize the inequities built into healthcare systems across the United States. At LifeLong, we are committed to closing these systemic gaps through delivering high-quality, culturally effective, and equitable care while also creating a trauma-informed culture where our patients and employees belong and thrive.

In 2020, LifeLong made DEIB work a strategic priority. Consultants Melanie Tervalon, Mmapeu Consulting, and Dr. Shawan Worsley were all collaborators in this early work. In 2021-2022, LifeLong created the Revisioning, Reimagining and Reinvigorating DEIB Committee (known as the RTD Committee). Based on recommendations by the RTD, LifeLong hired its first Director of DEIB in 2023 and launched the DEIB Committee shortly after. The DEIB Committee is made up of 25 employees from across the organization.  

In the last several months, the Director of DEIB has completed an initial needs assessment and provided a series of recommendations to senior leadership to inform the path forward. These recommendations include four key areas of work:

  • Becoming a Trauma Informed (TI) Workplace
  • Creating a Community of Practice to support TI work
  • Communicating about DEIB and integrating DEIB/TI concepts
  • Hiring through a DEIB lens

Learn more about our DEIB projects and committee here. Keep tabs on our progress toward becoming a trauma-informed organization here. Take a look at the health equity data by clicking here.

 

Mission & Values

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Strategic Partnership

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Trauma Informed Care

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