Equity is not a path forward. It is the path forward for IPS.
We live in a society with tremendous and ever-widening gaps in health, wealth and opportunity. Where a person’s zip code largely determines the trajectory of his or her life, including future opportunities, income, and longevity.
At IPS, we work in diverse communities with unique conditions – from safety in streets and parks, to transportation options, to job availability – that determine residents’ health, safety, and opportunity.
These realities have prompted a shift in our approach. We view our work through a new lens – a lens of equity. We believe that health disparities are largely driven by long-standing, systemic inequalities, including deeply embedded conditions like prolonged disinvestment in communities, educational failures, community trauma, and structural racism. This is relevant to everything we do at IPS, from preventing underage drinking to promoting food security to advocating for equitable planning and land use policies.
Equity tops IPS’s list of Core Values for this reason. We are committed to partnering with communities impacted by inequities and health disparities. We work to transform systems so that all people, regardless of race, culture, economic circumstances, sexual orientation, gender identity, or educational attainment, can live their best lives.