June 1, 2020
National Health Corps (NHC) is deeply saddened by and condemns the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis. As a public health program, we cannot address health disparities without acknowledging this horrific violence and the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed and countless others whose lives have been cut short by racism, as well as the fear and trauma-driven reactions those deaths instill in the Black community and communities at large. This past week has once again highlighted the historical and present-day difficult truths about our society. The wounds of racism continue to fester in every part of our lives, including the institutions upon which we rely – health, education, criminal justice, and many more.
We are committed to speaking this truth and examining our own policies and practices as well as those of our partners and systems with which we interact. We will continue to fight against racism and police brutality and work for truer equity and equality. We will stand alongside individuals in the communities we serve, support those who are grieving loved ones and dealing with the compounded trauma of daily racism and develop and support health leaders who will create a more just and equitable future for all of us.1
1 We encourage our community to learn more about and take action to end police violence and systemic racism. Resources and action steps can be found on websites such as The Obama Foundation, Collective Impact Forum, and Drexel University’s The Center for Hunger Free Communities.