Racism, bigotry, and prejudice should not be tolerated in our society and will not be tolerated at Capital Digestive Care. The recent and tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are stark reminders that such injurious attitudes and behaviors still exist in our country. It is painful to stand by and witness the current social climate and not be part of the change that is needed.
We are health care providers dedicated to healing and the preservation of human life. We mourn with our communities, share in their outrage, and stand united in demanding that justice be done and systemic prejudice eradicated. We are also humble in acknowledging that our inaction as a society has dampened the cries of those in need.
The diversity of our work force is our greatest asset. We pledge to build trust and well-being by being inclusive, advocating for diversity at all levels of our organization, and working to reduce inequalities in health care delivery and access. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the healthcare disparities among racial and ethnic minority groups as current data suggests these communities have suffered a disproportionate burden of illness and death. Locally we are involved in treating patients at the Community Clinic and Proyecto Salud and we will increase these efforts.
We want to continue to cultivate a workplace that is safe and makes equality, diversity, and openness priorities. Our work starts now, in our own offices, and we must lead by example in our actions and words. Capital Digestive Care will make a contribution to White Coats for Black Lives and seek opportunities to support African American owned businesses.
We acknowledge that much more needs to be done and we will strive to do better. We see this only as a small step towards a future where our organization will be as committed and innovative in the fight against discrimination as it has been in delivering quality healthcare. We will draw upon the experiences and ingenuity of our employees, our community, our patients, and our partners to achieve this goal.
It is critical that we continue to talk about discrimination and injustice because dialogue leads to change and a better future. Thank you for being part of our team and helping us make our workplace an environment where everyone feels safe, valued, and included, always.
The Capital Digestive Care Board of Managers