CCA earned a top score of 100 on the national Disability Equality Index® initiative
BOSTON, MA – July 24, 2023 –Commonwealth Care Alliance® (CCA) has earned recognition as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” on the 2023 Disability Equality Index® (DEI) with a score of 100. 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. This is the second consecutive year that CCA has earned a spot on the index.
CCA is a mission-driven healthcare services organization that offers high-quality health plans and care delivery programs designed for individuals with significant needs. With offerings in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Michigan, and California, CCA delivers comprehensive, integrated, and person-centered care by coordinating the services of local staff, provider partners, and community organizations.
“It is an honor to be recognized for our commitment to making our workplace more equitable for differently abled colleagues and for our members, who are regularly invited to come onsite to participate in conversations and listening sessions that continue to shape CCA,” said Chris Palmieri, CCA President and CEO. “It is especially poignant that we have earned this score to further commemorate CCA’s 20 years of uncommon care®. “This achievement is a marker of our dedication to diversity, inclusion and a culture of excellence internally, all of which comprise the great heart and spirit that make us unique as an organization and allow us to deliver on our mission every day.”
“As a Commonwealth Care Alliance board member with a significant disability, I’m exceptionally proud and conscious of the effort from management that goes into including people with all disabilities into the organization at all levels,” said Charlie Carr, legislative liaison for the Disability Policy Consortium and principal of Charlie Carr Consulting. “Coming up on the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, CCA continues with its significant corporate philosophy and steadfast commitment to recruit, hire, train and retain people with disabilities throughout the enterprise.”
With a long record of caring for those with significant needs, CCA ensures individuals with disabilities have the resources they need 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:
“CCA has an unwavering commitment to listening and learning from their diversity networks. Our Individuals with Disabilities & Allies Diversity Network is a platform where employees come together and provide individual insight to our mission and create an inclusive space where we can celebrate uniqueness,” said Carrie Latulippe, a CCA Care Partner and 2022/23 Co-Chair of CCA’s Individuals with Disabilities & Allies Diversity Network. They celebrated their work as a contributor to this top score. “We remain focused on our dedication to each employee’s needs and changes for betterment that make each of us – and CCA – successful.”
The 2023 DEI measured: Culture & Leadership; Enterprise-Wide Access; Employment Practices (Benefits, Recruitment, Employment, Education, Retention & Advancement, Accommodations); Community Engagement; Supplier Diversity; Non-U.S. Operations (Non- Weighted).
About Commonwealth Care Alliance
Commonwealth Care Alliance® (CCA) is a mission-driven healthcare services organization that offers high-quality health plans and care delivery programs designed for individuals with significant needs. With offerings in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Michigan, and California, CCA delivers comprehensive, integrated, and person-centered care by coordinating the services of local staff, provider partners, and community organizations. CCA has been recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” by the 2023 Disability Equality Index®, the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for companies to measure disability workplace inclusion. In addition, The Boston Globe recognized CCA as a Top Place to Work for 2022. Learn more at www.commonwealthcarealliance.org or follow CCA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
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.
Disability:IN is a global organization driving disability inclusion and equality in business. More than 500 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.