A Message To Our Community
Updated: Jun 19, 2020
At the heart of the PWH mission is making a commitment to something greater than our own self interest, to make a difference in the life of another person. These past few weeks have cast a stark light on the inequalities that exist in our country and throughout the world. I am deeply disturbed by the killing of George Floyd and the shocking deaths of others of color. We need to challenge the pervasive Racism and inequality in our community and world.
Unfortunately, inequality is even more apparent and visible during this crisis. The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on those of color, immigrants and low-income communities, as well as the continued brutality and violence against the black lives has created another equally urgent pandemic, we need to address.
Systemic Racism is an infection and needs to be identified and treated, like any illness. As a healthcare professional, I am extremely concerned for the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community. So many front line workers in this fight are of color: They put themselves and their families at risk every day to support themselves economically and to care for us in the community.
To be socially conscious requires kindness and sacrifice. I am proud that our community is fighting for equality for everyone. But the Black Lives Matter Movement has taught us that we need to do more, if we want to heal our world. Now, more than ever, I believe each of us can make a difference in the life of another person. Please join me in making a commitment to make your voice known. Find a way to get involved.
No one's life should be valued less because of the way they were born, where they come from, what they believe, or the color of their skin. We can make a big difference in our world, and have a huge impact, if we open our hearts and our minds. Let’s use our voice in kindness.
Elizabeth McLellan, RN, MSN, MPH
Founder and President