10 Jun Racism is a public health crisis.
As a health access organization, we witness the effects of race-based violence and inequity on children’s health and families’ well-being every day. The recent murders are a stark manifestation of structural racism that disproportionately threatens the health and lives of Black, Latinx, immigrant, and low-income children and families. COVID-19 has only magnified fatal disparities as people of color die at alarming rates.
Aligned with our mission to keep families together and provide access to lifesaving care, RMHC Bay Area stands in solidarity with the Black community. There is much work to be done to promote a society where every child and family—no matter the color of their skin—has an equal chance at a healthy life.
We recommit to building inclusive, equitable, and culturally responsive support systems for our families, staff, and volunteers, including hiring staff as diverse as the families we serve, developing programs that reduce barriers to care, and creating safe spaces for our team to address racism and diversity at work. We will do our part in fostering a nonprofit ecosystem that promotes equity by learning from and partnering with nonprofits on the frontlines of anti-racism work in our community. #KeepingFamiliesClose