Oh, to Have a Mask, a Strong Vaccine, and a Proper Social Distance Against the Insidious Viruses of Hate, Prejudice, and Racism
As we draw to a close a year of quarantine, a year of courage, a year of sacrifice, a year of loss, and a year of change – I am once again reminded how far we have to go.
The Institute for High Quality Care (IHQC) abhors the harassment, incidences of hate, and acts of violence against Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). There is no place for the systemic plagues of violence, prejudice and racism.
IHQC believes in the power of improvement, knowledge, self-reflection, and change to support communities that are strong and safe and healthy. IHQC also believes in the strength of collaboration with our partners – health care delivery systems, clinics, community-based organizations, providers, staff, executives, leaders, member organizations, funders and foundations – to bring about change.
We stand with our AAPI colleagues, friends, families and communities to seek change and an end to these viruses of hate.
“You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.”
~ Maya Angelou
At the Institute for High Quality Care (IHQC), we believe in the linkages between equity, social justice and health. We seek to invest time, to listen, and to support improvements where we can.
We believe in addressing the social determinants of health – so that we can better understand the upstream, the root causes, and make positive changes. However, we consistently observe the repeated affronts to equity, social justice, and health. We witness communities of color experiencing the dual traumas of brutality and the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will not accept the status quo – to do so goes against the very heart of our work.
We believe in the power of holistic improvement thinking, in the need for self-reflection and assessment. It’s only through truly embracing the core tenets of improvement that we as a society can rise – that we can ultimately invoke and sustain meaningful change.