In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Ronald Copeland, MD, chief diversity and inclusion officer for Kaiser Permanente, has written an article for DiversityInc. Reflecting on quotes from Dr. King, Copeland writes about how a trip as a student to Africa became the foundation for his own passion for social justice. He also writes about the disparities in health and health care among people of color and the economically challenged here in the United States:
Our failure to address these gaps in sustainable ways has resulted in a crippling effect on our nation’s global economy and competitiveness. Because of this, perhaps now we have arrived at the tipping point where the pain of maintaining the status quo has finally exceeded the pain of embracing true transformational change of our healthcare system.
You can read all of Dr. Copeland’s article here on DiversityInc’s website.