BOSTON, MA – July 20, 2022 – Commonwealth Care Alliance® (CCA), a national multi-state healthcare organization with proven expertise in complex care coordination and delivery, today was recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” on the 2022 Disability Equality Index® (DEI). Administered by Disability:IN and The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the DEI is the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for companies to measure disability workplace inclusion.
“Fostering and sustaining an equitable and inclusive workplace is a necessary foundation for our mission to transform healthcare for individuals with the most significant needs,” said CCA Chief People Officer Alfred Enagbare, Ph.D. “We are proud to receive this honor as our team strives for diversity of thought, backgrounds, experiences, and abilities with every employee we recruit, develop, and promote. Our team believes in the innate rights of individuals and to celebrate differences, all while creating an environment where employees feel safe, included, and inspired to accomplish shared goals. We are grateful to Disability:IN and The American Association of People with Disabilities for their recognition and collaboration in our ongoing work.”
With a more than 45-year record of caring for those with significant needs, including individuals with disabilities, CCA is committed to ensuring individuals with disabilities have the necessary resources readily available to succeed in the workplace and beyond. From recruitment and training to employment and retention, inclusivity and accessibility are at the forefront of CCA’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. CCA received top marks in part for its:
“Disability inclusion is a rapidly expanding aspect of corporate culture, and it’s gratifying to partner with 415 companies on the 2022 Disability Equality Index,” said Jill Houghton, President and CEO of Disability:IN. “These top-scoring companies not only excel in disability inclusion, many are also adopting emerging trends and pioneering measures that can move the disability agenda from accommodation to inclusion and ultimately, genuine belonging.”
“There is no single best way to practice disability inclusion, however, the companies taking the DEI share the desire to create a workplace that fosters the concept of bringing your whole self to the office,” said Maria Town, President and CEO of AAPD. “We look forward to working with all of the participants to help identify meaningful ways to build upon their current practices as we continue on the disability inclusion journey together.”
The 2022 DEI measured: Culture & Leadership; Enterprise-Wide Access; Employment Practices (Benefits, Recruitment, Employment, Education, Retention & Advancement, Accommodations); Community Engagement; Supplier Diversity; and Non-U.S. Operations.
About Commonwealth Care Alliance
Based in Boston, Commonwealth Care Alliance® (CCA) is a multi-state integrated care system influencing innovative models of complex care nationwide. Mission-based and person-centered, CCA focuses on sustainable and evidence-based healthcare breakthroughs that improve the health and well-being of people with significant needs, and advocates for affordable, high-quality, and cost-effective policies that lead to healthcare equity for individuals who need it most. The CCA care model is consistently recognized as one of the best in the country at finding and engaging traditionally hard-to-reach individuals—since 2016*, consumers have consistently rated CCA One Care as one of the best for overall experience and CMS rated CCA Senior Care Options 5 out of 5 stars for 2022. CCA recently began a multi-year, mission-aligned geographic diversification growth strategy to extend its proven care model throughout the United States, and now serves close to 62,000 individuals and operates health plans in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, California, and Michigan. Learn more about CCA at http://www.commonwealthcarealliance.org or follow CCA on Twitter and LinkedIn.
*Based on the 2016-2021 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys.
About the Disability Equality Index®
The Disability Equality Index (DEI) is a comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps companies build a roadmap of measurable, tangible actions that they can take to achieve disability inclusion and equality. Each company receives a score, on a scale of zero (0) to 100, with those earning 80 and above recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.” The DEI is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest disability rights organization, and Disability:IN, the global business disability inclusion network, to collectively advance the inclusion of people with disabilities. The organizations are complementary and bring unique strengths that make the project relevant and credible to corporations and the disability community. The tool was developed by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates. Learn more at: www.DisabilityEqualityIndex.org.
About the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
AAPD is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power for people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the 60+ million Americans with disabilities. Learn more at: www.aapd.com. About Disability:IN® Disability:IN is a global organization driving disability inclusion and equality in business. More than 400 corporations partner with Disability:IN to create long-term business and social impact through the world’s most comprehensive disability inclusion benchmarking and reporting tool, the Disability Equality Index (DEI); best-in-class conferences and programs; expert counsel and engagement; and public policy leadership. Join us at disabilityin.org/AreYouIN #AreYouIN.