BYHP Stands Together with the Black Community
Boston Young Healthcare Professionals (BYHP) stands in solidarity with the Black community, the Black Lives Matter movement, and every organization across our country that is fighting for racial equity and justice for black and brown people and their families.
Systemic racism in the U.S. and beyond is a direct threat to the health and well-being of black people.
The threat of state-sanctioned violence and other dangerous manifestations of racism that black people in America must live with produces toxic trauma that poses serious health dangers. We already know that black Americans are significantly more likely than white Americans to have underlying conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and kidney failure. Additionally, black Americans have lower rates of being insured and accessing quality healthcare than their white counterparts, and when they do find themselves in hospitals or doctors’ offices, they often receive subpar treatment solely because of their skin color.
We join with the American Public Health Association in recognizing that, “Racism is a longstanding systemic culture in this country that must be dismantled, through brutally honest conversations, policy changes and practices. We also support Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s Executive Order on June 12, 2020, in which he declared racism an emergency and public health crisis in the City of Boston and listed eight strategies to combat racism and resulting health inequities.
This is a public health crisis and the time to act is now.
As a nonprofit organization with a healthcare-focused mission, BYHP recognizes the need to use our platform to help dismantle systemic racism, especially as it impacts people of color’s access to careers in the healthcare field, access to appropriate care, and disproportionate health outcomes. We plan to address these inequities through:
- Recruiting diverse members, board members, and speakers to BYHP, an area in which we acknowledge we can do better and will strive to improve
- Breaking down silos across healthcare sectors and leveraging the research and resources of local institutions to share best practices in addressing racial inequity and structural racism
- Holding educational events to publicize information about how racial disparities impact the access to and outcomes of care and to seek solutions to these disparities
- Targeting our events to diverse constituencies and continuing to partner with allied professional organizations that represent ethnically and racially diverse groups
Below you will find resources we have compiled on racism’s detrimental impact on health and in healthcare, and ways to educate yourself and take action.
We realize that these are just small steps and that we still have a lot of work to do. We will continue to listen, learn, and speak out against injustice. In the meantime, we welcome your feedback on how best to use our platform to help dismantle systemic racism and inequities in our healthcare system.