To the Editor:
As part of our mission to improve the health of our communities, Cambridge Health Alliance is deeply committed to inclusiveness, tolerance and equity. We are proud to serve all who are in need, including the most vulnerable among us.
We join in the collective outrage felt by citizens nationwide in response to recent acts of brutality and hatred that reflect systemic racism and inequality entrenched in our nation for centuries. There is no place for this in our society, and we join in solidarity with both those who are suffering and all who are standing up to oppression and injustice.
At CHA, we have witnessed and responded to the disproportionate effect COVID-19 has had on communities of color. So many across our organization have risen to this challenge, which is truly an extension of the work we do every day to address social determinants of health like housing, food insecurity, poverty and other barriers. Helping our patients overcome disparities and barriers to care makes a difference in their lives, but we know there is far more work to do to defeat racism and bigotry.
We all play a part in the battle against injustice. At CHA, we care for all. It’s a very simple and essential mission statement, guided by fundamental principles — we do what is fair, right and just. Togetherness defines us and makes our community stronger, and we will challenge any efforts to divide it. We are committed to learning from our communities, and we will not stop advocating for social justice, equity and change.
Cambridge Health Alliance