A Statement from Dr. Trivedi
Last week’s senseless death of George Floyd has stirred many emotions—ranging from anger, to sadness, disbelief, and outrage, to disappointment, fear, indignation, and countless more emotions. In the days since, I have been watching images of many cities across our nation in turmoil.
These past few days have caused me to reflect and ask questions that don’t have an easy answer. How do we give voice to the voiceless? How do we ensure justice for those who have been wronged? How do we validate the lived experience of those who are suffering? How do we heal as a community? How do we find a path forward?
I begin by asking you to do one thing: check in on one another. Simply ask the question “Are you okay?” And then just listen. Actively listen with purpose and intention. In moments of great uncertainty or incredible pain, in moments of intense anger and profound loss, and in moments that stir up years of trauma—I ask you to first support one another.
Inherent in the moment of asking how someone is doing, there is a powerful validation of the other person’s experience. A way to give voice is to create moments that acknowledge the other person and validate what they have been through.
Beyond listening, beyond attempting to understand and provide support, this is where the hard work begins. In times like these, our actions will speak louder than our words. As an organization, Sheppard Pratt’s core values call on us to recognize and respect the human dignity of others and serve everyone who walks through our doors with compassion.
We must each do our part to effect positive change for those who are marginalized and those who are the victims of systemic injustice throughout our community. We must impact the lives of those who are disproportionately impacted by health disparities, by the COVID-19 pandemic, and by the nation’s ongoing mental health crisis.
It is up to each of us to continue our meaningful work deep within our communities while also working to address the inequalities present in our society. There is much to be done, both locally and nationally, to address those inequalities and social determinants of health. It is my hope that through meaningful action, selflessness, and humility, we can work to develop lasting, positive change.
I continue to believe in humanity. I continue to believe that most people are good. I continue to believe that each of us is a part of the change that our communities and our nation needs.
I am committed to doing the work needed to create a better and more inclusive society. Please join me in helping our neighbors, families, and communities suffering in this turbulent time. May we never lose sight of the humanity that binds us while we care for those who need us most.
Harsh K. Trivedi, MD, MBA
President and CEO
Important conversations about race are happening across our country, and Juneteenth provides us with another critical opportunity for reflection on the racial injustices that have faced black Americans for centuries.