In 2015, Peer Health Exchange made a bold commitment to moving from intent to action on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Today, we are an organization predominantly staffed by people of color that openly and directly discusses how white supremacy culture shows up in our workplace and have designed/are testing prototypes to combat those behaviors internally. Now, we are looking ahead to becoming an organization where a young person we serve could one day see themselves thriving here as an employee.
Young people of color, queer and trans young people, genderqueer young people and young people from low-income socio-economic backgrounds or with different abilities, and especially those at the intersection of these identities often don’t get to access the health knowledge and resources that they need and deserve.
Because of this, they experience worse health and life outcomes in many different ways.
This isn’t fair, and it isn’t right. It endangers young people and threatens their futures, damages families and communities, and makes all of us less healthy and prosperous overall.
Racial identity, socio-economic status/class, gender identity/genderqueer, or sexual orientation should not determine whether young people can make the choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life.
We trust young people as the experts on their own experience of their identity, community, and health.
Together, we must dismantle the systems of oppression that threaten young people’s health. As a part of that work, we support young people to empower themselves by making active, informed choices about their health.
To change the system we have to mobilize people that mirror and show up for the young people and communities we serve who are most affected by this oppression.
We work to create a diverse, inclusive, and supportive working environment to attract and retain staff members from diverse backgrounds, particularly those that mirror the backgrounds of young people we serve. We commit to ensuring that every member of our team has the knowledge, training, and self-awareness they need to deliver on our vision, diversity philosophy, and core values.
Learn more about our commitment, goals and outcomes towards equity, and how we’re holding ourselves accountable.