Well-Being Weekly | Week of June 8th, 2020

Explore the latest research, news and developments in the world of wellness in this installment of the Well-Being Weekly. Get caught up on this week's biggest stories surrounding mental health and well-being in the healthcare industry, provided by Well-Being Index experts Patrick McNally and Sunny Prabhakar. 

The Well-Being Index opposes and condemns all forms of racism

Racism is a public health crisis that must be met with swift opposition and strategic action. We must work together to change conditions that contribute to health and social inequalities for patients and providers of color.  We must answer the call for help and commit to meaningful and substantial change to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all. Read our full statement here.

Frontline healthcare workers show solidarity with protesters

Following the death of George Floyd while in police custody, frontline healthcare workers in New York City knelt in a display of solidarity with those protesting racial injustice and police brutality. The essential medical workers in one of the nation's epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic held signs supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and calling out racism as a public health emergency that must be met with action. 

Healthcare system responds to racial injustice

The CEOs of Well-Being Index partner CommonSpirit Health recently sent a powerful message to their staff regarding racial disparities in healthcare and beyond.

"As the leaders of an organization whose reason for existence is health, we are part of a healing ministry of 150,000 people dedicated to human life, liberty and justice. We are united in a belief in the inherent dignity of all people. This transcends race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or economic status." The letter continued to address the disproportionate share of COVID-19 cases in the United States among African Americans and other minorities. 

"We must believe that after this time of darkness, there will be a dawn. We both pray that the convergence of this virus that seeks out the most vulnerable, and the deplorable deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others that have led to the heartfelt protests we are seeing across the country will finally be a wake-up call. Eyes can no longer be closed. Heads cannot be turned." Read the full memo here.

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