Core Principles

To provide a channel for political empowerment of disenfranchised communities by power sharing. We maintain the following  five core guiding principles; Humility, Empowerment, Access, Relationship, and Social Justice (HEARS), to achieve its mission.

  1. Humility
    • To recognize the limitations of our knowledge and perspectives – whether academicians, policy makers or community organizations – in addressing complex social forces
    • To maintain a focus that allows us to develop mutually beneficial and non-paternalistic advocacy partnerships with communities on behalf of individuals and defined communities
  2. Empowerment
    • To work with communities to reach their full potential in communicating and addressing the solutions to health disparities
    • To provide a channel for political empowerment of disenfranchised communities by power sharing
  3. Access
    • To broaden the concept of access to address the fact that what limits access is more than a matter of adequate insurance and transportation
    • To recognize the verbal and nonverbal communication to under-represented populations, on a societal and systemic level, has greater importance in the equation of health outcomes.
      • This should include, but not be limited to, a focus on communication in terms of literacy, English proficiency on the part of the patient, and cultural appropriateness on the part of the provider in the medical encounter
  4. Relationship
    • To advocate for health promotion as a function of building relationships of trust and mutual respect
    • To promote sustained partnerships through the collaborative efforts of building community
  5. Social Justice
    • There is a direct relationship between poverty, discrimination, wealth and health outcomes
    • Health disparities are the outcome of social inequities and social injustice.
    • TCHI maintains the focus that health disparities are a matter of social injustice, which is an ethical and moral imperative to be addressed

Comments are closed.