CPCA Is an Anti-Racist Organization

Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) have been oppressed and subjected to brutality for centuries, reinforced with the creation of policies and institutions that are entrenched in a system that perpetuates racial inequity and injustice. What we read in the news and see in our communities – and what BIPOC individuals continue to experience regularly – is not new. The pervasive and profound effects of racism in health care, as an example, negatively impact social determinants of health and exponentially contribute to poor health outcomes for communities of color. To willfully ignore how white supremacist constructs have marginalized entire groups of people because of the color of their skin is to be complicit. It is the responsibility of the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) to disrupt harmful practices that perpetuate racial injustice and inequality, and we must admit our own complicity and challenge these constructs in our own association.

To that end, and in alignment with our mission to position health centers as key players in the health care delivery system to improve the health of their communities, and in line with the CPCA’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy, CPCA continues in its journey to becoming an anti-racist organization by actively developing new strategies and supporting current policies that address systemic racism within and beyond our organization. We envision ourselves as an association that will create spaces for members across all identity groups to be full participants in decisions that shape the institution and that we are inclusive of diverse cultures, lifestyles, and interests. We take this opportunity to share our espoused values that drive our anti-racist goals, as well as outline our commitments to this ongoing work.

What We Value

CPCA acknowledges that racism is not something that only occurs, or is perpetuated, at the interpersonal level between individuals. Racism exists at the cultural, internal, and institutional levels as well, and with this acknowledgement, we declare the following:

  1. We value and respect all people and their individual contributions, ideas, and cultures, by uplifting the differences in cultural perspectives from all backgrounds, skin color, and national origin.
  2. We value the growth and development of all individuals to be able to meaningfully and authentically interact and develop relationships with people of all backgrounds and cultures.
  3. We value spaces that encourage and support people to share and release internalized harmful beliefs around race and allow themselves to accept and celebrate their value as equal to all other individuals.
  4. We value institutional constructs that treat and assign value to their constituents equally, and we value institutional policies and practices that are designed with the expressed purpose of promoting equity and opportunity.
  5. Finally, we value the grace and forgiveness necessary to support individual growth as each of us strive to center justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

What We Commit To

Because we hold these values as true, we commit to dismantling workplace inequities by addressing internal racist practices, creating spaces for inclusion and power sharing, building internal systems that promote social and racial justice, and leveraging our anti-racist principals to advance an equitable healthcare delivery system. Specifically, we commit to:

  1. Ongoing internal staff education and support efforts that are specific to anti-racist principals and that do not unduly burden BIPOC staff by requiring them to shoulder the emotional labor of leading such efforts, furthering personal and historical trauma.
  2. Building inclusive internal organizational spaces that are diverse, safe, foster opportunity sharing across staff levels, and value the individual contributions of all staff.
  3. Transforming internal practices that influence the structure and priorities of the organization to ensure they yield anti-racist outcomes. These include but are not limited to hiring/retention/promotion practices (in alignment with our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy), grant and contract procurement, and strategic partnerships.
  4. Ongoing assessment of ways CPCA can enhance its strategies and workplan to implement anti-racist policies and procedures.
  5. Instituting agreements and expectations that ensure our anti-racist values are effectively supported by leadership, extend throughout association work, and hold the association accountable to achieve our anti-racist objectives.
  6. Fostering external spaces, such as the Supporting Black Communities Workgroup and the Health Equity Taskforce, for our member health centers to take part in these efforts with us and together create a more equitable healthcare system.
  7. Learning from other anti-racist organizations and prioritizing partnerships that align with and support CPCA’s anti-racist objectives.
  8. Finally, we commit to leveraging our anti-racist principals to advance an equitable health care delivery system that reduces health disparities and truly achieves health equity for all.