It’s not every day that we find ourselves grappling with a worldwide pandemic. Yet this is what we are experiencing — a health crisis of monumental proportions. The COVID-19 virus proved to be one of the world’s most deadly viruses and brought attention to health disparities that impact people of color twice as much as whites.
Health equity is taking center stage around the nation, and ZOOM conversations about vaccine hesitancy and ways in which to encourage trust in “the science” abound.
Happy to say, I received my vaccine without any complications. I encourage everyone to exhale during these crucial times. Let’s do our part to shape a better society: hasten social and economic justice, police reform, health equity, diversity and inclusion.
Continue to recognize medical providers and first responder heroes in our community. Let’s heed the federal government’s call to get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash our hands and social distance at least 6 feet.
Be sure to download our May 2021 16th Anniversary edition to learn about the history of vaccines, past and present. Also learn how public health agencies are equitably coordinating distribution of vaccines and helping people overcome their hesitancy of taking the vaccine.
We are all in this together. One day at a time and one step at a time we will move to the other side of this moment in history.
Stay well and enjoy this season of renewal.
Ruth Ramsey, Publisher