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Caregivers to wear their white coats, take a knee in silent solidarity during Black Lives Observance

Caregivers at UH knelt in silent protest
Posted at 10:41 AM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 13:44:06-04

CLEVELAND — Doctors, nurses, residents and medical students joining together in silent solidarity, donning their white coats to show support and unity for Black lives.

“In Silence. In Solidarity” is an event hosted by University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center where caregivers will show unity in the cause of diversity and inclusion.

At 1 p.m. caregivers came outside at the main center, the Lakeside Building Lawn on Adelbert Road, located just off Euclid.

Dan Simon, MD, Chief Clinical and scientific officer and president, UH Cleveland Medical Center, and Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, MD, UH Chief Diversity Officer, said:

There we will kneel in silent reflection on the persistent issues of structural racism and what each of us as individuals might do to advance racial equity and safety from violence for people of color.

Disparities in health care is an outcome of structural racism. As caregivers, we are called to continue and expand our efforts to assure access to high-quality care and the compassion for which UH is known.

The right thing to do is also to create an environment at UH where African-Americans and all people of color feel welcome, respected and valued. The change we influence in our communities begins from within.

Now is a time for thoughtfulness and unity in the commitment to change.

Caregivers will take a knee as a sign of support for the growing demonstrations protesting racial injustices across the country.