We as Railcare Health realize that we have not been active enough in our support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the past. We are releasing this statement to emphasize our continued and sustained support for the BLM movement, and in an effort to raise awareness about the systemic oppression that people of color experience daily. While we pride ourselves on diversity and the strength that it brings to our team, we recognize that many of us are privileged and we strive to continue to educate ourselves and become stronger allies to the Black community. It should not require the death of a Black man for us to release this statement, and moving forward we will be active in our support of change and equality.
We will be supporting the protesters in North Carolina by donating water, first-aid treatment, and supplies. To continue long-term conversations, we will be starting a forum on our website to address systemic racism in healthcare and reaching out to community leaders to help us learn and grow. We are implementing training modules to ensure that our team is educated on issues surrounding racial disparities in medical and broader social settings. If you would like to add any input, please feel free to email us at email@example.com. We welcome suggestions and feedback as we seek to grow as an organization.
"It is well-established that blacks and other minority groups in the U.S. experience more illness, worse outcomes, and premature death compared with whites.1,2 These health disparities were first “officially” noted back in the 1980s, and though a concerted effort by government agencies resulted in some improvement, the most recent report shows ongoing differences by race and ethnicity for all measures." - Monique Tello, MD, MPH
As an organization we have partnered with Access East, Inc. and UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases to provide mobile COVID-19 testing to migrant workers. Our team was able to test all of the workers at The Hines Family Farm in Selma, NC. We are excited to expand our testing to other migrant worker camps in the future!