Over the past two years, America has in many ways been forced to look itself in the mirror. The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare widespread health care inequities and the devastating impact they have on low-income and BIPOC communities. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Daunte Wright, and so many other Black folks at the hands of police sparked not just nationwide protests, but a long overdue reckoning with the racism embedded in our society and in our systems of power.
In June of 2021, Fenway Health made a bold announcement: As part of its new Strategic Plan, the 50-year-old community health center is making a commitment to being an anti-racist organization. This resolution included the publication of a Racial Action Equity Plan, designed by a team of employees from across Fenway to ensure that racial equity is being addressed in all facets of the organization. But what does it mean to not just denounce racism, but to really commit to the work of anti-racism every day?
In the latest episode of Fenway Health’s Pride in Our Health podcast, we talk with Adrianna Boulin, Manager of Community Engagement, and Tfawa Haynes, Coordinator of Group Psychotherapy Services. Adrianna and Tfawa are members of the team that drafted Fenway’s Racial Equity Action Plan.
Listen to the episode here or subscribe to Pride in Our Health on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or Spotify.