Our Commitments 

Belonging

We are more than healthcare, we are a community of communities--connected through intercultural understanding and respect.  We honor the dignity and value of every human being without judgement. We are dedicated to maintaining a community where you hold the power in your decision-making process as we support you in creating the care plan you want. We strive to uphold an inclusive healthcare environment that maximizes intersectional solidarity and acceptance of all people. 

Integrity & Dignity

We hold sacred your agency.  We follow your preferences for your body.  We listen to you and honor who you are here and now, knowing you are all the things you’ve lived, but are not defined by any one of them.  We show up with devotion to authenticity and seek to earn the trust we ask of you.  Our care is trauma-informed and individualized to your needs.  Our work is dedicated to upholding your human right to a dignified experience in your healthcare.

Transformative Change

We are engaged in transformative change as a continuous process. We consistently use discussion, connection, and compassion to nurture organizational, community, and individual healing. Our commitment is to stay at the table, work to decentralize leadership, rise together, and share the power of the work we do using the “Turning Towards Each Other in Times of Conflict” process.

Individual Commitments 

For the past year, we have been working intentionally on our roles and responsibilities as we prepare to open our new Health and Birth Center. We have engaged with teachers, community members, DEI Consultants, and each other, to explore and define our commitment to antiracism.  Out of this work two critical themes rose up:

 

One:  This work starts on the inside of each of us

 

Two: This work is emergent, transformational, and ongoing.  

 

Our entire staff met several times over the last few months to workshop our commitments. This living document is a reflection of each of us—and of what we bring to this new space. 

 

I’ve asked each of the RVM staff to share how they relate to our commitments.

-Tara Lawal

"These commitments are my promise to my colleagues and to the communities we serve that my presence will be reliable and gentle, that I will give intention to learning, personal growth,  and repair; and that I will cultivate my own grief to rise as compassion and to contribute to a just future." 

-Jodilyn Owen

 

"I am committed to creating operational and administrative systems that support and nourish clients, families, staff, and visitors by reflecting RVM's values of belonging, integrity, dignity, and transformative change."

-Julia Neace

"The health and safety of my family relies on anti-racist work being carried out.  I am committed to these anti-racist principles to protect and improve the health and well-being of our communities." 

-Triniti Gorbunova

"I am committed to working collaboratively with all stakeholders toward our mutual goal of providing equitable, compassionate, trauma-informed care in a way that nurtures our clients, our team, and our community."  

-Arya Pretlow

"I commit to fully supporting the organization in our active practice of anti-racism in providing holistic care for our clients and our community." 

-Vikeshni Barna

"I am committed to listening, sitting with, and taking to heart the hard conversations. As a white person, I am committed to not taking personally the criticisms of white power structures and the destruction of these structures, and am deeply devoted to being a collaborator and accomplice in their demise. I am committed to the work of anti-racism with every cell in my body and vow to never rest into my privilege at your expense."

-Jenn Linstad

"I am committed to minimizing harm and contributing to a culture of calling-in, instead of calling-out. I recognize my privilege as a mixed person in this organization and how I may replicate white supremacy in any form, however it may transpire. I am committed to always looking inward at myself and my behaviors to ensure they are intentional and respectful. And lastly, I am committed to calling-in behaviors that are unjust or oppressive as it manifests."

-Jade Jost

"I am committed to upholding the values of RVM belonging, integrity, dignity, and transformative change for all of the families that we serve. I am committed to counteracting the persistent impact of racism and promoting social justice by turning anti-racist pedagogy into action."

-Ceci Duncan 

"I am committed to a practice that recognizes the ways that racism and other systems of oppression play out in our lives – work, community, interpersonally, and within ourselves. As a white person, I am committed to reflecting, learning, acting, and practicing accountability. I will prioritize continuing to understand how white supremacy impacts us and our clients, and being able to approach and work to challenge and shift these realities with curiosity, non-defensiveness, and a commitment to disrupt harm. Within my clinical practice, I hope to honor each client's self-determination, supporting them in articulating their needs and creating a deeply affirming and authentic space that honors the constellation of identities and experiences that have made them who they are."

-Inbal Rait

"I strive to hold myself and our team accountable to our commitments as we serve and work to further inclusiveness and leaning into our communities through dedication to our mission and values."

-Andi Garcia Brown

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