Moving Forward, Together
June 18, 2020
The last few months have brought unimaginable challenges, from a global pandemic to economic crisis to the tragic murder of George Floyd and countless other victims. These events have been painful reminders that the healthcare industry is not immune to social and racial injustice. The coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately affected Black Americans, who have died at nearly three times the rate of white people from COVID-19, and the ensuing economic crash has been especially devastating for the Black community. Systemic racism is a public health issue, and we must do better.
As COVID rates among minorities continue to climb, Provider Solutions & Development is doing everything we can to ensure that clinics and hospitals are fully staffed. We are owned by Providence, which was founded with a mission grounded in social justice – to be steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. We are fully aligned with Providence’s core values of compassion, dignity, justice, excellence and integrity and believe that access to healthcare is a basic human right.
At PS&D, we are reaffirming our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Earlier this year, our employees completed a self-assessment survey to determine where we were as a collective organization on diversity and unconscious bias. Our internal Diversity Equity & Inclusion Council is creating a digital resource library and a variety of platforms for discussion and education on these important issues. We are committed to doing this work.
Our country is at a historic crossroads. It is a difficult time. It is also the right time to reaffirm our commitment to the health of all. We support the Black community, and we look ahead to a more just world. Together, we can continue this momentum, and strive to be a conduit for healing and unity.