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TACHC Statement on Racial Discrimination and Injustice

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Texas Association of Community Health Centers
Statement on Racial Discrimination and Injustice

The Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC) shares our nation’s grief and we mourn the senseless killing of George Floyd. We stand in solidarity with our families, friends, colleagues and neighbors to fight this epidemic of violence and racial injustice in our communities and will never falter in our belief that there is no place for racism and discrimination against people because of the color of their skin.  

As we grieve with our communities, let us not forget that the very roots of community health centers were forged in the civil rights and social injustice movement of the 1960s. In 1965, physician-activists Dr. Jack Geiger and Dr. Count Gibson and community organizer, Dr. James Hatch, founded the nation's first community health centers. They helped to launch a revolution in healthcare delivery and were pioneers in community health practice that focused on meeting all of their patients’ needs, including addressing social determinants of health, such as racism, poverty and violence. As tireless advocates for civil and human rights, health centers have demanded access to health care, health equity and equality for all members of society for over 50 years. Today, more than ever, community health centers honor our proud legacy—we will not tolerate institutional racism.

As community leaders and agents of change, community health centers also stand ready to be an integral part of the solution to help heal and support our communities.

In those 50-plus years we have overcome many obstacles, and as leaders we must again take action. As Senator Robert F. Kennedy once said, “If not us, who? If not now, when?” Together, let’s condemn racism, bigotry, oppression and hatred and continue to strive to create a more perfect union.