The incidents that occurred over the last few weeks, unfortunately, are not isolated events. They illuminate a trend that is becoming all too familiar for black people in this country. The systemic racism and inequities that exist must be addressed if we are to overcome these persistent injustices. While this is a very uncomfortable moment, it is a unique opportunity to shift the narrative on racism in our community. Each of us has the power to decide if we go back to “normal” after this solemn time. The other option is to be honest about our own growth opportunities and become more intentional about our contribution to the healing, peace and unity so desperately needed in our communities.
The disruption we are currently experiencing across this nation has the potential to birth a movement for the betterment of society. Community Health centers like Cherry Health were birthed out of the civil rights movement in the 1960s to address healthcare disparities. The goal of health centers, at that time, was to care for everyone, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or their ability to pay. Some 60 years later, our charge remains the same-to work towards a future where quality health care is a reality for all.
Cherry Health continues to rise to the challenge of health equity and justice through ensuring access to care for those in need. Our work, together with community partners, is also addressing the social determinants of health. These efforts have resulted in improved healthcare outcomes, increased food security and safe housing for all patients, regardless of background. Even during these unsettling times, we can share a sense of pride knowing that Cherry Health, together with community partners, has been transforming lives for over 30 years. While this is a great accomplishment, there is still so much more that needs to be done to achieve health justice for all.
President and CEO