Our Commitment to Health Equity

At Healthfirst, our commitment to Health Equity means we work tirelessly to ensure everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live a healthy life.

Healthfirst ADVANCE is rooted in the collaborative relationship between Healthfirst and its 15 founding hospital systems, local providers, and community partners.

Together, we champion the health needs of NY’s marginalized populations, who have been adversely impacted by disparities in health and social determinants.

As one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health insurance providers, we’re committed to building a healthier future for New Yorkers.

ADVANCE encompasses the principles that guide Healthfirst’s equity goals.

Our Commitment to Health Equity

At Healthfirst, our commitment to Health Equity means we are working tirelessly to ensure everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live a healthy life. Healthfirst ADVANCE is rooted in the collaborative relationship between Healthfirst and its 15 founding hospital systems, local providers, and community partners. Together, we champion the health needs of NY’s marginalized populations, who have been adversely impacted by disparities in health and social determinants. As one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health insurance providers, we’re committed to building a healthier future for New Yorkers. ADVANCE encompasses the principles that guide Healthfirst’s equity goals.

Latest News

Blog Post: Examining men’s health inequities
Resource: Watch our video series to learn how Healthfirst is a different kind of health insurer
Case Study: Healthfirst and Mount Sinai Health System improve postpartum care for high-risk mothers
News Article: Healthfirst releases road map to addressing health equity, gaps in care

Healthfirst president and CEO Pat Wang talks about health equity

“Health equity is our obligation …”

ADVANCE encompasses
the principles that guide our equity goals.

Available to all people, with equal opportunity to access quality care.

Data-informed to close gaps in care and support care continuity and coordination.

Value-driven through hospital, physician, and insurer alignment around optimal care.

Accessible when and where help is needed, so everyone is surrounded with opportunities for healthcare access and continuous insurance with no gaps.

Nurturing and human-centered so it is easy to engage with and navigate.

Community-based with strong ties to services and resources that promote whole person care and address social determinants of health.

Evidence-based with the best available clinical expertise and research guiding every treatment plan, care decision, and public-health intervention.

Our Work

Healthfirst works with our network of sponsor hospitals, local healthcare providers, and community organizations to identify and implement evidence-based interventions to improve health equity among our members.

We’ve created programs to reduce health disparities, driven by our 30 years of experience caring for downstate New York.

Through Healthfirst ADVANCE we are continuing to share data, best practices, and stories to ensure healthcare is human-centered and value-driven.

Our Work

Healthfirst works with our network of sponsor hospitals, local healthcare providers, and community organizations to identify and implement evidence-based interventions to improve health equity among our members. We’ve created programs to reduce health disparities, driven by our 30 years of experience caring for downstate New York. Through Healthfirst ADVANCE we are continuing to share data, best practices, and stories to ensure healthcare is human-centered and value-driven.

Case Studies

healthfirst and mount sinai health system improve postpartum care for high-risk mothers
Maternal Health

Healthfirst and Mount Sinai Health System improve postpartum care for high-risk mothers

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healthfirst and public health solutions help those living with hiv/aids improve overall health
Chronic Care

*UPDATE* Healthfirst’s WholeYou Program helps those living with HIV/AIDS by focusing on overall health goals, not HIV status

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a healthfirst pharmacy technician shares how she helped a member get medication delivered during the pandemic
Healthfirst Stories

Pharmacy Technician shares how she helped a member get medication delivered during the pandemic

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News & Resources

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