Union Community Care: Championing Healthcare Equity and Whole Health in Lancaster
By Marquis Lupton
Aired; February 7th, 2024.
In Lancaster, a groundbreaking healthcare initiative is redefining the concept of healthcare equity, emphasizing a holistic approach to well-being. Union Community Care, a local healthcare provider, is making waves by integrating dental care, medical care, urgent care, school-based health care, behavioral/mental health support, social support services, and pharmacy services into a comprehensive 360-degree model. The organization is driven by the belief in whole health – addressing not only immediate health concerns but also tackling the underlying social determinants of health to achieve genuine equity.
Healthcare equity, the principle that everyone should have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health, is gaining prominence globally. Union Community Care sees it as more than just a buzzword; it’s a commitment to patient-led healthcare that not only treats illnesses but actively promotes well-being in body, mind, and heart. This innovative approach recognizes that vibrant and healthy communities are built on inclusive healthcare that respects diverse cultures, needs, and values.
The organization’s mission is rooted in the idea that true equity requires a comprehensive understanding of patients’ lives and strengths. Union Community Care actively engages with the community, breaking down barriers to care through a grassroots lens. By listening, learning, and embracing the complexity of patients’ lives, they create a healthcare environment that fosters trust and inclusivity.
The 360 Care model at Union Community Care ensures that healthcare is provided when and where it is needed, addressing the unique circumstances of each patient. With services ranging from dental care to urgent care, the organization seeks to empower individuals to make healthful choices that not only benefit themselves but also contribute to the overall well-being of their communities.
Crucially, Union Community Care emphasizes addressing the “causes of the causes” – the social determinants of health that often perpetuate inequities. By taking a proactive stance on these underlying issues, the organization aims to create a more equitable healthcare system that goes beyond treating symptoms to addressing root causes.
As a trusted community health center, Union Community Care recognizes the importance of being an integral part of the communities it serves. The staff, comprised of neighbors, friends, and family members, understands the unique needs of the community and works tirelessly to ensure that healthcare is accessible, inclusive, and patient-centered.
In summary, Union Community Care’s commitment to healthcare equity goes beyond traditional medical services. By integrating a holistic approach that addresses both immediate health concerns and the social determinants of health, they are pioneering a model that not only treats illness but actively promotes well-being and equity in the communities they serve.