A message from our CEO commemorating Juneteenth
SightLife believes health is a human right, and that no one should suffer needlessly from corneal blindness. These values drive our work to improve corneal health outcomes and dismantle health system inequities that keep individuals and their families from achieving their potential in school, work, and life.
Equity will not be possible without also addressing the centuries-old public health crisis that is racism. The injustice and violence that stem from racism are not new, but the disproportionate burdens of COVID-19 on communities of color, alongside the horrific killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among countless more, demand our humble reflection, collective voice, and deeper action. Remaining silent is not an option.
For the past two weeks, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and in commemoration of Juneteenth (June 19), SightLife has been engaging in thoughtful internal conversations on how we can ensure our policies, practices, and programs reflect our values as a nonprofit community health organization dedicated to anti-racism and health equity for all. Although there is more listening and learning to be done as we move from intent to impact, addressing racial inequality in society and the workplace is our commitment and responsibility in pursuit of progress—and our mission. We will also continue sharing the steps we take on the journey.
In solidarity with all calling for racial justice,