There are many disparities in healthcare, and unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of them. Access to education and food has further widened these disparities.
A key root to these disparities is racism. As a nation, we grieve the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks. However, we must remember that there are people in our communities who face discrimination every day. Racial inequity is a public health and human rights issue.
We, your SPUC leadership, are committed to promoting diversity. We will not tolerate racism. The mission of SPUC is to advance the care of children in the urgent care setting. It is difficult and foolhardy to separate healthcare for children from the social determinants of health which affect them in their daily lives. In order to provide excellent care at work every day we must support our colleagues and staff by creating a work environment which is free of racism and inequity. To this end, we want to support SPUC members by providing resources on how to address inappropriate comments you may receive. We have also included some resources you may share with your patients and their families.