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 populations, who have been adversely impacted by disparities in health and social determinants.

As one of the region's largest not-for-profit health plans, 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 populations, who have been adversely impacted by disparities in health and social determinants. As one of the region’s largest not-for-profit health plans, we’re committed to building a healthier future for New Yorkers. ADVANCE encompasses the principles that guide Healthfirst’s equity goals.

Latest News

Case Study: Improving Health Outcomes for Children Through Adherence to Well-Child Visits
Blog Post: Provider Spotlight: Predictive Models Help Plan for End-of-Life-Care with a Health Equity Lens
Resource: Healthfirst’s Daniel Halevy MD, FASN CPC, joined a team of health equity experts to explore ways to ensure that everyone living with lupus will have the same opportunity to achieve the best health care outcomes and experiences.
News Article: Healthfirst SVP of State Programs Errol Pierre appeared on ABCNY's Here & Now to talk about the end of automatic Medicaid renewals and Healthfirst's efforts to ensure that our members don't lose their coverage.

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

improving health outcomes for children through adherence to well-child visits
Social Determinants of Health

A Healthfirst and NYC H+H pilot program showed improvement in the rate of screenings & interventions for young children & their mothers in Black, Hispanic and Asian and Pacific Islander groups

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partnerships improve mammogram adherence for women on medicaid
Women's Health

Learn how Healthfirst successfully partnered with health care providers conducting community outreach to Medicaid members eligible for mammograms to address concerns and help find and schedule screening appointments.

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healthfirst’s best life initiative supports primary care teams to improve blood pressure, diabetes control among underserved patients
Community Health

Learn how Healthfirst’s Best Life initiative helped underserved communities improve hypertension and control diabetes while addressing healthcare provider burnout by setting up care models outside of clinical settings.

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News & Resources

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