“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but it has not solved one yet.” ~ Maya Angelou
The HealthPath Foundation denounces racism and stands in solidarity for equity and racial healing with individuals and organizations across Ohio and the United States. HealthPath is committed to equity in our governance, operational practices, and our external partnerships and grant investments. We implore you, as grantees, partners, vendors and friends to speak out against racism, teach yourself about racism and take action in your community to end white supremacy and racial injustice.
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At our June 5th board meeting, we had an opportunity to reflect on HealthPath’s 20th Anniversary Event, where Dr. Gail Christopher gave the keynote address. Dr. Christopher, the visionary for America’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation effort, reminded us of the tremendous human capacity for caring for others. Prior to Dr. Christopher’s address, our board, staff and partners had the opportunity to participate in the Racial Equity Institute’s Groundwater and two-day Phase I training that imparted the seldom-taught truth about the history of racism in America. We distributed Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book: Between the World and Me and Sarah Smarsh’s book: Heartland. And, we developed a strategic plan that includes internal and external diversity, equity and inclusion policy measures and practices.
At HealthPath, we are taking explicit, proactive actions that further the work that’s been started. We know these learnings and actions are just the beginning, we must do more, and we will. Leaning on recommendations such as those of Edgar Villanueva in Decolonizing Wealth, the HealthPath board is committed to using the endowment for health equity impact investing. Furthermore, the board discussed Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing with our two investment advisors and formed a board committee to spearhead these and other equity strategies in the coming months.
We agree with the Health Policy Institute of Ohio that: “racism is a systemic and ongoing public health crisis.”
HealthPath will be a philanthropy that promotes equity and denounces racism in our governance, operations and investments.