4th of July
For many of us, the July 4th holiday is going to be different this year. The ticker tape parades, firework displays, and large group parties are being replaced by socially responsible celebrations in the wake of COVID pressure and fears. While the holiday may feel different, it does offer us a change to stop, breathe, and think about the last few months. We are truly living in a unique moment in the history of our country. COVID-19 has brought forward incredible stories of strength, resilience, and courage. It has also shown the deep pressures that exist in our society.
We are a diverse nation, founded on an experiment unlike any other. America is an amalgamation of races, cultures, religions, and world views into a seemingly shared experience. However, the American experience is not always the same. As a nation, we have recently been reminded that there are vast differences in the American experience as a result of social and cultural factors. The recent Black Lives Matter protests in America have helped to remind us that there are people in our country who face a different America than the one many of us celebrate on the 4th of July. The disparities many face have only amplified during the current COVID-19 pandemic. We have been reminded that many face injustice simply because of the color of their skin. Unfortunately, systemic racism is still a part of America.
At Charlottesville Dental Health Partners we strive to be an inclusive, welcoming oasis for our patients. We refuse to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexuality or religion. We recognize that optimal oral health requires a relationship of trust between patients and us, and we want to create an environment of mutual trust and respect.
More importantly, our practice is part of the larger Charlottesville community. Our practice has always been socially conscious and civically minded, and this will not change. We stand committed to building a community that celebrates and embraces diversity. We want to help create a welcoming environment for all as we work together towards reconciliation and building a more just community. We cannot merely observe injustice; we will actively work to build a better community. We ask our patients to help us engage better in the community by helping us be aware of opportunities for collaboration and community service. Our focus has always been service; service both to our patients and our community. During this unique moment in the American experience, CDHP is committed to remaining a welcoming environment for all in our community and a source of help to those in need.