DHAD Position Statement and Action Plan for the Future

“The ultimate measure of a person is not where one stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where one stands in times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Over the past few months we have seen a pandemic trigger broad changes to life as we know it. Now we add another tragic mistreatment of human beings in the black community. Society has suffered much recently, with pain, isolation and fear present. It is hard to watch this racial injustice play out, and to feel helpless as professionals who have chosen to be helpers. While we aren’t currently in the community performing our roles, thoughts naturally move towards “what-if” scenarios. We are doers, problem solvers, experts, and professionals. By our nature we want to help those who need it most, and that is why we as an organization need to address the challenges we see with determination.

We can’t allow disparities to continue for those we serve or our employees.  Data shows that the black community have suffered more during COVID-19 than others. We see the effects of racism in our work, and strive to find solutions at all levels. We want you to know that Direction Home is a family, and while things are bad now, we’re determined to see they get better. It’s a scary time, and we’ll get through it together. We need to put our competency, courtesy and compassion to work, especially for our minority members at this time.  And we will look inward to make sure we are doing the best we can as an organization.  

We will:

  • Ensure cultural competency and racism is addressed in our CEU programming, providing professional education on these topics
  • Facilitate agency conversations about diversity, inclusion and awareness
  • Work with community partners to address the health disparity issues for the betterment of older adult minorities.
  • And we will look to you all to offer suggestions and provide potential solutions to this crisis.

While diversity and inclusiveness has always been our culture, we will explicitly call it out as our value.  We will work to ensure that value lives in all that we do.  

We will make things better in our own organization, and we will start now.