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We’re committed to health equity

At Aetna®, a CVS Health® company, we believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. It's not just a mission statement. It’s our heart. Let’s make it a reality — together.

Understanding health equity


Some people don't have the same opportunities as others to be their healthiest. Race, income and religion can play a part. So can other factors, like gender identity or having a disability. This may lead to unfair practices or different treatment. We need to change that. The first step is to understand health equity.


Being treated fairly and justly

regardless of who we are, what we look like, where we live or who we love.

Recognizing the roots of discrimination

and racism, and the impact they have on health outcomes and access to quality care.

Achieving a complete state of health

where your physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being needs are met.

The strategies that guide us


Our longstanding commitment to health equity reflects who we are as a company and is embedded in our purpose: Bringing our heart to every moment of your health™.


Empower our colleagues

We educate, enable and empower colleagues so we’re all part of the solution.

Measure what matters

We use analytics to show inequities. And use resources to break down those inequities.

Take bold action

We use evidence-based strategies. We work with communities to lessen disparities in heart health, mental health and women’s health.

Making a difference in communities that need it most

Making a difference in communities that need it most

Where you live, work and play shapes your health. In fact, your ZIP code has a stronger impact on your health than your genetic code. That’s why our efforts are rooted in historically marginalized communities. Since 1997, we have invested $1.4 billion in affordable housing. We also support programs that provide access to food, medical care and transportation. Learn more ways we’re closing the health equity gap.

"Every day, we’re finding ways to help eliminate health disparities and increase access to care. We will continue to be a catalyst for change and address inequities in our health care system and improve the trajectory of health for communities nationwide."

- Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Vice President,

Chief Health Equity Officer, CVS Health

Our shared impact


Community Equity Alliance

We’re working with health care and academic organizations to:

  • Grow the community health workforce
  • Build connections between health care institutions and communities
  • Address disparities in heart health and mental health outcomes

The first to have joined us are Meharry Medical College, Sinai Chicago, and Wayne State University.

Learn about the CVS Health Community Equity Alliance

National Health Equity Advisory Board

The board is made up of a diverse group of leaders. They have a wide range of expertise and lived experience. Board members address how discrimination in all forms impacts the communities we serve.

Learn about the CVS Health National Health Equity Advisory Board

Meet the Board (PDF)

Legal notices

Aetna is the brand name used for products and services provided by one or more of the Aetna group of companies, including Aetna Life Insurance Company and its affiliates (Aetna).

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