There have been several events this year which have left me speechless. Events like the shootings at Pulse night club in Orlando, FL (June), headlined shootings of Black men occurring in Baton Rouge, LA, Falcon Heights, MN and Dallas, TX (July), the constant negative tabloid-like media coverage of the presidential election and certainly, the election results.
Let me be clear, my “speechless-ness” was not due to me not knowing what to say, rather it was about wrestling between what to say as an individual versus what to say as an organization. In many cases, I have opted to be silent for fear of not ‘getting it right’. However, the recent post-election hate crimes and other violent incidents have brought an abrupt end to my vacillating.
The Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative stays committed to promoting and advancing the health of underserved individuals through community collaborations. At its core, TBHC is about relationships. Our belief can be summed up in a quote from Helen Keller, “alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
We believe in mutual respect and kindness. We believe we can ‘agree to disagree’ and do so without strife. No matter what side of the political ‘aisle’ you fall on, we believe we can work together for the greater good.
We reaffirm our commitment to work to remove social, racial, economic, and systemic barriers to healthcare services for the uninsured and underserved while working together to strengthen the systems and programs serving these populations. Strong evidence highlights the impact racism has on health. We will be more intentional about highlighting and addressing racism and other forms of discrimination.
Most importantly, we will continue to be a resource for you – our valued members and partners.
In the pursuit of access to health and healthcare services for all, there is no room to get distracted. In the fight for equity there is no time to slow down. I invite you to continue with us in this critical work.
Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative