Care Resource was founded 35 years ago as an alternative health source for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS who were alienated and disenfranchised by the dominant culture. We are outraged that nearly half a century later there is still a lack of equality, justice, and freedom across our country. As CEO, I must state unequivocally that racism in any form is unacceptable.
We recognize our responsibility to dismantle racist systems, policies, and attitudes that contributed to the brutal and tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others before them.
We believe that equitable access to high-quality health care is a right, not a privilege. We are committed to supporting individuals and communities that are negatively impacted by structural, unconscious, or overt racism to ensure they have access to the best care. And we are re-examining our roles, both as a health center and as individuals, in creating a more just society—one where hate, violence, and discrimination have no place. In the coming months, we will also continue to identify and announce partnerships that we believe will make the biggest difference in advancing social justice. One important area of focus: the urgent need to address the inequities in medical care that have long plagued minority communities—gaps that have recently been both highlighted and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
From our board and staff to the individuals and families that we serve, we are strengthened by our diversity. Care Resource stands against racism, we honor all voices and are committed to providing compassionate, competent and committed care to all of South Florida’s diverse communities in need every day.
Together in this fight,
Rick Siclari, MBA
Chief Executive Officer