About CCALAC’s Anti-Racism Organizational Change Initiative
Community health centers were founded out of the civil rights movement to disrupt the barriers of access created by systemic racism and expand care for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Due to deep inequities in the American health care system and beyond, CCALAC’s commitment to ensuring all people have access to the comprehensive whole person health care they need is at the forefront of our work.
We know that a person’s intersecting identities – such as race, ethnicity, gender, income, age, location, and immigration status – impact the quality and equitable delivery of care they receive because of systemic racism, implicit bias, and other systems of discrimination that create health inequities. We must address these systems to provide equitable healthcare that builds healthier communities.
Following the social justice protests in summer 2020, the CCALAC staff committed to becoming an anti-racist organization to better serve our members and their patients. Since then, CCALAC has taken the following steps:
- Developed an internal committee, representing a diverse cross section of demographics and lived experiences, to guide our efforts to address internal/organizational and external factors that contribute toward systemic racism.
- Embarked on an organizational change initiative to strengthen the commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion for CCALAC and its member health centers through implementing anti-racist organizational changes.
- Advocated for policies at the federal, state and local levels that expand health care for all people, regardless of socioeconomic or citizenship status.
We recognize that change is not quick, nor is it easy, but cultural change over time will bridge gaps, bringing us closer to a truly equitable health care system. The CCALAC staff is committed to doing the work and supporting our members’ efforts to lead the charge in providing culturally inclusive, patient-driven, restorative health care.
Resources – a select list curated by CCALAC staff
- “Medical Apartheid” by Harriet A. Washington
- “White Rage” by Carol Anderson
- “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
- “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein
- “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin
- “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson
- “Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi
- “Blood Done Sign My Name” by Timothy Tyson
- “Blaxhaustion, Karens & Other Threats to Black Lives and Well-Being” by Theresa M.Robinson
- “Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora” by Stephanie E. Smallwood
- “Tender Points” by Amy Berkowitz
- “We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival” edited by Natalie West with Tina Horn
- “Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good” by Adrienne Maree Brown
- “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander
Videos and Podcasts
- Acknowledging and Managing Implicit Bias by Dr. Bryant T. Marks
- The Hidden Bias of Good People by Anne Trujillo and Dr. Bryant T. Marks
- How to Check Your Unconscious Bias by Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt
- On One with Angela Rye
- 1619 Podcast with Nikole Hannah-Jones
Websites and Zines