Nashville Health Care Council members,
 
Over the past weeks, the Nashville health care community has been moved by the anguish experienced in communities around the country and the unjust death of George Floyd by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department. Our country is at a crux between racial, economic, and public health tensions that cannot go ignored.
 
As such, we have the responsibility to respond not just through words denouncing racism and discrimination, but by collaborating with our influential network to put forth a substantive plan of action.
 
Within our Council network and beyond, our commitments to inclusion and diversity are unwavering. Discrimination and intolerance have no place in health care or any industry. The goal of the health care community is to do no harm, and the Nashville Health Care Council is committed to doing our part to uphold this value while continuing to “inspire global collaboration to improve health care” for all.
 
We are proud to be board members of the Nashville Health Care Council because the Council has the opportunity to make a difference by educating members, while also finding better ways to support communities and people of color. As a board, we commit to being a part of positive change.
 
In the coming weeks and months, the Council’s 25th Anniversary will take place. While an anniversary is usually a time for celebration, in light of recent events, we see this is as time to envision a new future for health care, a time to take a deeper look at problems within our system, and uncover ways we as leaders can make a change.
 
We are an organization of more than 300 member companies and can make meaningful change for the communities we serve. As a board, we are focusing our attention on actions the Nashville Health Care Council and industry can take. As a member your feedback is just as valuable. We welcome your insight and vision as this action plan is built and encourage your continued outreach.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
The Board of the Nashville Health Care Council