SCL Health is committed to meeting the needs of the communities we serve. Our commitment to advocacy, particularly on behalf of people who are poor and vulnerable, is deeply rooted in our founding vision. SCL Health seeks to leverage its resources to build healthy communities.
Our advocacy activities are multi-dimensional, with three primary and interrelated areas of activity:
- Individual/Community advocacy focused on meeting immediate human needs through provision of direct services and community partnerships.
- Organizational/System advocacy focused on provider integrity, internal justice and social and environmental responsibility.
- Societal/Governmental advocacy focused on achieving systemic change through legislation, regulation and political activism.
SCL Health’s advocacy agenda is grounded in the core values that form the Catholic Health Association’s Vision for U.S. Health Care.
Because each person is created in the image of God, each life is sacred and possesses inalienable worth. Healthcare is essential to promoting and protecting the inherent dignity of every individual from conception to natural death.
The health and well-being of each person is intertwined with the health and well-being of the broader community. Access to healthcare is an essential element contributing to the common good alongside others such as education, employment and a safe environment.
Concern For the Poor and Vulnerable:
The moral measure of society is how it treats the poor and vulnerable, who are particularly marginalized by a lack of access to healthcare.
Our societal resources are finite, and we must make wise choices for how they are allocated. Health care resources should focus on the well-being of the community and be structured to deliver the care that is most medically beneficial and promotes public health.
Healthcare is a basic human right alongside food and shelter, all of which are necessary for individuals to participate fully in society.
The healthcare system should allow and encourage involvement of the public and private sectors including voluntary, religious, and not-for-profit organizations, and it should respect the religious and ethical values of patients and healthcare providers alike.