All our hearts are broken by the pervasive racism and social discrimination that affect too many actions and policies in our society. We wish we had words that could provide meaningful comfort to the mix of outrage, pain, exhaustion, fear, or weariness many in our community are feeling in the wake of recent anti-black violence.
We are not sure such words exist, but this we know for sure: We denounce the violence against the black community and stand in solidarity with all the families that have been affected by such violence. As an organization dedicated to advancing health equity and social justice, we cannot be silent as silence means complicity and directly contributes to trauma and to worsening health and social outcomes for black people. Our community stands together and is strengthened in its commitment to advancing health equity and racial equity.
We have a difficult journey ahead of us…but we know that empathy, compassion and active anti-racism should inspire our commitment to justice and to promoting racial healing. As members of our community, we look forward to your ideas, so please share any suggestions we should take into account as we develop our action plan. We are committed to listen and to contribute to our collective work to address racism and social discrimination and transform our future.
Please engage because #RacismIsAHealthEquityIssue and #BlackLivesMatter!
Take good care everyone and stay safe.
In solidarity from all of us at Health Equity Initiative.
Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL
Alka Mansukhani, PhD, MS
Radhika Ramesh, MA
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