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Our core values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Action for Healthy Kids is committed to building and sustaining an organization that seeks and embraces diversity, actively pursues equity, and fosters an inclusive environment. We ​value ​diversity ​across ​multiple and intersectional dimensions, ​including ​but ​not ​limited ​to ​race, ​ethnicity, ​socioeconomic background, ​sexual ​orientation, gender identity, ​religious ​beliefs, ​​disability ​status, ​and ​age. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and strive to ensure all voices are heard. Our commitment is built on an unwavering belief that our differences are our strengths and will bring us closer to our organizational vision that every kid is healthy, active and ready to learn; increase organizational performance; support culture and climate; and advance employee retention and leadership opportunities.

Action for Healthy Kids is committed to transforming our organization – personally, interpersonally, institutionally and structurally – by confronting our own biases and operationalizing our values. We know that intention alone will not impact inequities. We appreciate that growth happens when people embrace being uncomfortable, and hold themselves and colleagues accountable for learning and implementing inclusive and equitable practices, both in and out of the office. Open minds mean better solutions and happier people. We are committed to non-discriminatory systems and actively strive to provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement across the organization.

Our Goals:

  1. Create a shared understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice to enable reflection on how AFHK affects and is affected by inequitable and/or unjust systems and structures.
  2. Build staff and the Board of Directors’ capacity and resolve to engage in and tackle such issues as unconscious bias, cultural competency, health equity, race, class, power and privilege.  
  3. Ensure resources, programs, and grants are intentionally developed and executed under a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion and reflect the diversity of the school communities we serve.  
  4. Commit resources and engage with staff and Board of Directors to integrate and elevate diversity, equity, and inclusion into our mission, values, strategic plans, and organizational accountability systems.
  5. Develop a system of policies and procedures that foster awareness of bias during the recruitment, hiring, promoting, and evaluation of employees.
  6. Take action by advocating for public policies, systems, and structures to promote and improve health equity. 
  7. Expect employees, board members, and contractors to treat others with dignity and respect at all times and exhibit inclusive conduct.

Our Core Values

In everything we do and in supporting our employees, we strive to meet the following core values.

  1. Hungry for Change: We are driven to create sustainable change that dramatically improves the lives of kids for generations to come.
  2. Think Big: We harness our creativity and innovative thinking to advance our organization’s growth and tackle critical issues facing society today, knowing we must try new solutions, even if some fail along the way.
  3. Flexible: We are open and adaptable to change, meet people where they are, and flexible in our thoughts and processes to get the job done and drive results. 
  4. Caring: We care – about the quality of our work, the people with whom we work, and the people who benefit from our work.
  5. Collaborative:  We believe relationships are foundational to our success and the key to creating a better society, both internally, as we work together to drive our mission, and externally, as we seek to maximize the impact of partners.
  6. Work Hard, Play Hard: We’re passionate about our work, but at the end of the day, we know it’s time to pursue our own health and happiness.

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We are committed to fighting the child health crisis by equipping educators, parents, community members, and businesses with the resources needed to help kids lead healthier lives.

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