The country is in a time of a historic struggle.
To see the events of the past two weeks unfold against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic has been very, very difficult for all of us. While we all share the outrage over what happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, certainly none are more impacted than black Americans and other peoples of color in our country and around the world. This is not a newly emerging problem; the United States has struggled with inequality and racism for over 400 years, and these recent events remind us that we’ve got much more work to do. The sheer size and scope of the challenge of righting inequality can be daunting for any one person or any company of any size to contemplate.
We see glimmers of hope in the peaceful protests in communities such as Camden, NJ, an early pioneer in the “Data-Driven Justice Initiative”, emphasizing the importance of transparency in trust building, and in this Genesee County Sheriff’s protest support and leadership in the state of Michigan. For our part, we are committed to doing what we can within our control to make the world a better and safer place, and that means at least the following:
As CareJourney, we want to reiterate our pledge to embrace diversity and inclusion in our business. That means creating economic opportunity for all based on merit and ability, without regard to race, gender, age, or other characteristics that have been used to divide society and deny opportunity for advancement or prosperity.
We are stronger than ever in our commitment to improve healthcare for all, especially, the distressed communities. It is clear that the current pandemic has fallen disproportionately on Black and Hispanic Americans. The country simply cannot achieve the triple aim in health care without addressing some of these very challenges. We stand with our employees, members, and partners in analyzing socioeconomic impacts on health, and end the inequities in the U.S. healthcare system.
We embrace the words of Dr. King, spoken at the 1966 Chicago press conference, before the second convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death. I see no alternative to direct action and creative nonviolence to raise the conscience of the nation.”
We support our employees in taking peaceful community action and making their voices heard. We specifically endorse the NAACP’s #WeAreDoneDying campaign, and the Arlington County food bank in support of COVID impacts, and we have made donations to these groups.