Racism is a public health crisis

Our culture: Diversity, equity, and inclusion are incorporated into our strategies, policies, practices, and operations. We want a work environment that rejects racist behaviors. We try to ensure that our employees are aware of subconscious biases, and we promote the well-being of all of our practitioners. We have created conscious and subconscious tools and resources to help professionals engage in open conversations within safe spaces that foster empathy and awareness.

Our communities: We believe that we can make meaningful progress in addressing the two-fold public health crisis of COVID-19 and racism by working with our communities. Given our breath and scale, we are pooling our time, talent, and resources to promote social justice in the communities in which we live and work. We are providing financial and pro-bono support focused on health equity and access to care. We are collaborating with other organizations that have a proven track record of addressing systemic and institutionalized racism. By listening to the voices of our people and our communities, we are taking immediate steps toward long-lasting change.

Our offerings for clients: Disruptive technologies can usher in great industry transformation. While these tools can help move us closer to an era of equity, without careful consideration, they could also exacerbate disparities. We are transforming our thinking and are exploring ways to potentially change our products, services, and solutions to address racism, drivers of health, and the systemic barriers to health equity. We are also tapping into data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning to help uncover and address the institutional and structural constructs that perpetuate racism within the health care industry.

Health care and life sciences organizations can be transformed by both incumbent and new stakeholders as innovation and disruptive technology changes some of what we know about health.

Our goal: Combine the power of ecosystems with disruptive technologies

Ecosystems have advanced civil rights. Progress has come from the combined actions of advocates, voters, lawmakers, the courts, and many institutions and individuals. In the CMS statement referenced above, the agency notes that “given the complexity of these disparities, any solution requires a multi-sectoral approach that includes federal, state, and local governments, community based organizations, and private industry.” We believe these ecosystems—combined with disruptive technologies—will allow society to make non-linear gains in progress, whether it be in awareness of racism or in developing strategies to address it. Combining ecosystems with disruptive technologies will, we believe, result in real change. 

While we do not have all of the answers, we are skilled at bringing together disruptive technologies and ecosystems. Even as we are listening to our people, we also want to hear from our communities and clients. If we combine our efforts, use the power of disruptive technologies, are open to outside help from non-traditional life sciences and health care stakeholders, we can develop initiatives that have profound impacts. We would be honored to be a part of your dialogues and welcome your insights into ours.    

Together, we aim to grow wiser and stronger and work to address the public health crisis of racism.

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