A Day of Renewal: Recommitting to Purpose on May 25th
To everyone in our Duke Health family,
Wednesday, May 25th, marks the second anniversary of the birth of Moments to Movement, when we marched in solidarity for the lives lost to and irrevocably altered by violence and systemic racism. On that day, we collectively committed to making our organization and our community stronger, healthier and more just.
The recent mass shootings in Buffalo, Dallas and Laguna Woods, and the heightened pervasiveness of hate and racist ideology, show us that this work is still very much needed. They call upon us to take a stand—and here at Duke Health, we remain undaunted.
Today, our work continues to evolve and has expanded to recognize the greater dimensions of diversity, equity and inclusion. We know that this journey has no finish line. We must be in relentless pursuit of an environment that celebrates all types of human difference, where everyone feels they belong.
As we mark another anniversary, we will observe A Day of Renewal—renewing our commitment to the cause and renewing our own well-being for the journey ahead.
This day is a time to remember those lives that have been lost and harmed. It’s also a time to reflect on all that we have accomplished over the past two years. We've developed multi-year plans for change and accountability; made a public pledge to stand for health equity and against racism, and developed a curriculum to help our leaders pave the way. We’ve expanded our affinity groups to help team members showcase their unique perspectives and find a greater sense of belonging. And we've partnered with community organizations to promote equitable access to healthcare and begin eliminating the barriers to a healthy life.
Yet this is only the start. As we reflect on progress and renew for the journey ahead, locations across Duke Health are planning activities to observe the milestone, including a series of virtual events for those who cannot participate in person. Look for additional announcements, coming soon.
I have also encouraged our leaders to cancel non-essential meetings to allow our faculty, staff, trainees and students extra space and time to reflect and renew. Please consider this a “no-meeting” day, except for standard clinical huddles.
As we embark on the third year of our movement, our ultimate goal remains the same: To create communities that are stronger, healthier and more just, and a Duke Health where everyone feels seen, heard and valued. Thank you for the seeds you have planted and for remaining committed to hope, change and a better future for all.
A. Eugene Washington, MD
Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University
President and CEO, Duke University Health System