Belinda Vail, MD
In keeping with our mission to improve health in Wyandotte County and beyond, and with our aim to develop physician leaders partnering with their communities to eliminate health disparities, the University of Kansas' Department of Family Medicine and Community Health recognizes and decries the ongoing public health crisis of racism against all communities of color but particularly targeted against Black communities.
We have been saddened and horrified by the numerous racially influenced murders, episodes of excessive police force, and other acts of racial violence that have once again been placed in the national spotlight. We mourn with all people affected by these senseless killings of individuals including: Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, George Floyd, and countless others.
We also hold ourselves accountable for the institutional and structural racism in health care that leads to deaths of patients like Shalon Irving and the disproportionate number of Blacks who have died from Covid-19 as a result of inequities in access and quality of health care for all minorities.
Centuries of systemic racism must end now -- the health of our community depends on it!
The faculty, trainees, and staff of our department stand in solidarity with the victims and demand justice. We commit in our roles as healthcare professionals and as human beings to work ceaselessly to defend our patients and to fight systemic injustice.
Belinda Vail, MD, Chair
And the faculty, residents, and staff of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
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