“There is always a light, if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it” – Amanda Gorman (PBS recording of Amanda Gorman)
On January 20th, the entire world observed the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the 46th President of the United States, and Kamala Harris as the first African American and South Asian American female Vice President.
Amanda Gorman, the youngest ever inauguration poet delivered a poem that perfectly articulated the yearnings for the dawn of a new day, a hope for the future that so many in our nation and world have aspired for.
After receiving her invitation to recite a poem for the inauguration, Amanda got to work, but admits that although her poem was to be delivered at the same location of the deadly insurgency events of January 6th, 2021 “it just solidified how important it was to have a poem about unity and the new chapter of America in this inauguration”. Drawing from a long series of events that had taken place in our country that is already deeply divided along racial and economic lines, Amanda crystallized the need for unity, hope, reflection, resilience, justice and determination in her message; which relates to our own journey as Minnesota Community Care.
The last twelve months have been extremely difficult for us all, our families and our communities. Yet, in the midst of the grieving we have grown stronger as your unwavering acts of justice and resounding hope have illustrated our collective courage. The courage to be a light in this dominating shade; guiding the way towards more equitable access to care for so many. We too have a hill to climb as the disparities facing our communities are challenging, yet we are inspired by the resilience of you – our partners, to continue to forge forward and make a difference.
As we move forward with health for all as the guiding tenet of our culture and practices, we will continue to show up as a public health leader for the communities that depend on us. We will continue to provide testing and vaccinations during COVID-19, developing thoughtful public health programs that adapt our clinical care models and social services to the needs of our special populations. We are here to champion health equity, serve the underserved and to be a safety-net for the communities most harmed by historical marginalization and systemic racism. Together, we are evolving with this principle in mind: we are a learning organization and “it’s not about perfection, it’s about moving with purpose!”
President & Executive Officer