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Racism and Hatred in America - Where Does HPA the Catalyst Stand?

Thursday, June 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katie Maher
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In reading the news the past couple weeks, I cannot help but feel horror, disgust, and a deep sadness. For some of us, we watched in disbelief, for others it was a moment of “this is what we have been saying all along." In either case, it is fair to say that these abhorrent actions represent the antithesis of what the soul of HPA the Catalyst (HPA) is all about. As APTA President Sharon Dunn said "The unrest in our country is a response to more than George Floyd, or Ahmaud Arbery, or Breonna Taylor, or the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities. It is a response to generations of death, despair, fear, and suffering.”


Long before diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) became a popular view, the members and leadership of HPA, past and current, have been living and breathing DEI because it is a core value for so many of us. For many of you that are hurting at this time, I am so sorry for the pain you feel now and the pain and suffering you may have endured. What I can promise you is that HPA The Catalyst will continue to support social justice and DEI through action. HPA is against discrimination of all kinds and healthcare disparities.


If you are looking to get involved, I recommend joining and being active in our Global Health Special Interest Group (GHSIG) and join and/or be an ally of PT Proud. There are so many parts to HPA The Catalyst which contribute to combating rehabilitation healthcare disparities, as well as other ways to combat social and healthcare injustice. If you have an idea that needs support to grow, look at the opportunity for becoming a catalyst group within HPA. 


In closing, the leadership of HPA understands that nice and well-intended words of empathy are the initial stage of healing. We understand that words need to be followed by intentional action. We will continue to look at ways that we better support social justice, while being a Section where diversity, equity and inclusion continues to flourish at both membership and leadership levels - so that it can ripple outwards and help make our world a better place. I encourage you to reach out and add your constructive ideas and talents.


Thank you for being part of our community and for those that are not yet, we welcome you with open arms.


Matthew Mesibov, PT, GCS
Pronouns: He, His, Him 
President HPA The Catalyst


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