A Message from the AMWA President and Executive Director
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Recent events have added another layer of tragedy to the communities in which we live. The senseless injustice and systemic racism that contributed to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others over the course of our country’s history are not acceptable and cannot be ignored. We condemn all acts of racism and hatred, as they have no place in our profession or our society. Equality and access to justice are fundamental human rights that everyone deserves.
AMWA is guided by its vision to “create clear medical communications that lead to better health and well-being.” Systemic racism and inherent bias in our country’s policies have led to racially based health disparities that adversely and disproportionately affect minority groups, including the black community. Health and well-being for all cannot exist alongside endemic racial health inequities. To fulfill AMWA’s vision, members must communicate vital health information—medical, scientific, and ethical—in support of the health and well-being of those we ultimately serve.
Finding solutions to racial injustice is complex, time-consuming, and challenging. This challenge is not a reason to wait for others to resolve issues that belong to us all. We are committed to standing in solidarity with our black members and colleagues, as well as all communities of color, in support of equality.
Diversity is a strength. We are proud of our warm and welcoming community and the diversity among our regional and national leaders; however, there is always room for improvement. As we move forward, we plan to ensure that our programs, policies, and practices are fair and equitable for all among our diverse membership.
Ann Winter-Vann, PhD
Susan Krug, MS, CAE
AMWA Executive Director
Statement ratified by the AMWA Board of Directors, June 24, 2020