In the Fall of 2017, Minnesota AIDS Project and Rainbow Health Initiative announced that they were joining forces to create an organization that would lead the work to achieve health equity for our LGBTQ and HIV+ communities. In March of 2018, these organizations merged to continue their work under a new mission and vision, and a new name: JustUs Health.
As JustUs Health, we seek to improve the lives of LGBTQIA people and those living with HIV across the state of Minnesota. By combining the robust research, analytic skill and education capability of Rainbow Health Initiative with the client-centered service capacity and expertise of the Minnesota AIDS Project, we are embarking on a mission to immediately impact LGBTQIA communities and communities affected by HIV and provide greatly expanded health and wellbeing benefits long into the future.
Our new organization envisions a Minnesota where people from diverse gender, sexual, and cultural communities experience health and wellness in powerfully inclusive environments. JustUs Health means that we are creating health spaces just for us: for people living with HIV, for people disproportionately affected by HIV including women and communities of color, and for LGBTQ people who still experience discrimination in health care. As another step towards creating inclusive spaces for JustUs, we have formally launched JustUS Behavioral Health in St. Paul, MN: a clinic with a focus on substance use disorder and mental health for our LGBTQIA and HIV+ communities.
We are committed to these core values that guide our decisions and direct our behavior:
Inclusion. Honoring diversity and practicing inclusivity, collaboration, tolerance and respect for our clients, our colleagues and our communities.
Equity. Advocating health equity, justice, fairness, and the elimination of all social barriers to quality mental and physical healthcare.
Innovation. Embracing new ideas, rewarding creativity, and implementing innovative programs that demonstrate social progress and responsibility.
Compassion. Providing services that enhance lives, value relationships, and demonstrate a commitment to human rights and dignity.
Integrity. Demonstrating moral courage, uncompromising ethics, and earning trust by matching our actions to our words while accepting accountability and responsibility.
Professionalism. Conducting all our affairs with the highest proficiency, professional discipline, leadership, and responsible stewardship for all resources.
Excellence. Relentlessly delivering the highest quality in everything we undertake.