Perspectives from PatientPoint
The PatientPoint George Floyd Project
“It’s okay to be angry. It’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to feel numb. Stay there as long as you need to.
I encourage you to take those feelings and channel them into something durable.
Write about it. Sing about it. Participate in the electoral process and vote about it.”
-Wayne A. I. Frederick, MD, MBA, President, Howard University
From an open letter to the Howard University community, May 30, 2020
On Juneteenth PatientPoint commenced The George Floyd Project, our corporate initiative with a bold mission: To make every Black community where we live and work better.
We chose the name to honor Mr. Floyd’s life, ensure his name will not be forgotten and to carry him with us as a source of inspiration and motivation in the face of obstacles and barriers.
We will accomplish the mission of The George Floyd Project through a clear vision: To build communities where every Black man, woman and child will be free from the educational, economic, social and health barriers that crush their spirit and inhibit them from achieving their goals and aspirations.
Last week, more than 70 PatientPoint teammates began meeting in action teams with focused work within four key pillars of The George Floyd Project:
- Recruiting: Proactively recruit, develop and retain Black teammates at all levels of the PatientPoint organization
- Community Health/Closing the Health Gap: Leverage our health literacy and patient engagement expertise and collaborate with local community health centers to help reduce health disparities in the Black community
- Mentorship/Internship: Create internship opportunities for Black high school and college students seeking work experience and identify teammates willing to serve as mentors to young Black students
- Community Transformation: Identify strategies, models and programs that have demonstrated a measurably positive impact on eliminating the health, economic, social and educational barriers of the Black community; align with policymakers and community organizations to help bolster these proven practices
A shared objective among all four working groups is to ultimately identify and close opportunity gaps that lead to disparate racial outcomes.
To borrow the incredible words of activist, scholar and writer Angela Davis, we can no longer accept the things we cannot change. We are instead taking meaningful action to change the things we cannot accept.