Serving Black Communities Nationwide
Vizient is committed to partnering with trusted on-the-ground organizations to provide vulnerable populations with access to food and shelter, education and child care, local job opportunities and affordable health care and recently donated to two organizations to advance their missions:
Trust for Public Land
COVID-19 has proven the importance of quality parks and open spaces to our quality of life. But 100 million people, including 28 million kids, don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk of home. What’s more, parks that serve primarily people of color are half as large and serve nearly five times more people than parks in majority white neighborhoods. Vizient donated to the Equitable Communities Fund to energize and accelerate the efforts of historically marginalized communities to create parks and open spaces. This fund helped to create parks like the one near our Irving office, South Oak Cliff Renaissance Park where a lot had been empty for decades and now is a beautiful 1.8-acre park designed entirely by the South Oak Cliff community to serve their needs. Learn more about volunteer opportunities with TPL.
The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains individuals with extraordinary leadership potential. Posse Scholars receive full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s partner colleges and universities. Posse scholars graduate at a rate of 90 percent, with over $1.6 billion in scholarships going to support the Scholars and 57 percent of scholars being first generation college students. Vizient donated to Posse to help build a group of strong leaders from diverse backgrounds to both better communities and better our hospital members. Strong leaders like Troy Simon, from New Orleans struggled with illiteracy and now studies at Yale working his way toward dual master’s degrees in Theology and Nursing, he hopes to end up at a Children’s Hospital one day. Learn more about volunteer opportunities with Posse.
Supporting Supplier Diversity
Encouraging the growth and development of diverse businesses promotes economic sustainability in all our communities. To this end, Vizient supports programs that help maximize opportunity, cultivate collaboration and offer mentoring and enrichment for diverse suppliers and small businesses.
Our Supplier Diversity Program supports the development of minority-, woman-, disability-, LGBT- and veteran-owned business enterprises that meet high-quality standards. We also strive to work with suppliers who proactively seek strategic partnerships with diverse companies. Learn more.
Advancing Health Equity
Advancing health equity is both a moral and business imperative for health systems. The Vizient Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Benchmarking Study, which surveyed 76 health systems representing 33 states, revealed that health care organizations are working quickly to define their scope of ambition to address SDOH and improve health equity for the communities they serve.
It’s all about empowering full community health potential, where no one is disadvantaged due to circumstance. We’re dedicated to equipping members with the data, metrics and resources they need to make empowered decisions to inform this very important work. Learn more.
“As an organization, we’re committed to providing a safe space to build a sense of community and address the unique challenges of Black employees that are different from the overall workforce and even from other people of color and underrepresented groups. Our newest DNA will focus on addressing those challenges while leveraging the unique perspectives of Black employees to drive meaningful change in the delivery of health care.”
– Byron Jobe, President and CEO