March 19, 2021
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) mourns the victims of Tuesday’s murders in Georgia, USA, six of whom were of Asian descent. And we condemn
the rise of racism
targeting Asian/Pacific Islanders and all forms of racism worldwide.
Since the very first days of the pandemic, Asian/Pacific Island people have increasingly suffered racial discrimination, racial hatred, racial violence, and an increased risk of mortality due to COVID-19. The horrendous scapegoating of Asian/Pacific Island people over the past year is an affront to basic human decency.
This latest violence is another painful example of the intersectionality of racism, misogyny, and classism. Hatred, bigotry, and all systems of oppression remain immediate threats to health and to the values and mission of IHI.
Our work to improve equity is only beginning, and we are deeply indebted to the millions who have devoted their entire lives to justice. Their work will continue to inspire, guide, and support our work in the years ahead. I find hope that so many of you who share our goals of improving health and health care worldwide have pushed equity to the fore.
At IHI, we believe that racism, not race, is a determinant of health; and that there can be no quality without equity. The racism inflicted upon Asian/Pacific Islanders over the past year reveals just how far we still must go.
In good health,
Kedar Mate, MD
President and CEO
Institute for Healthcare Improvement