Dear MC3 Perinatal Friends,
What a few months we have all had! I hope that amid the COVID-19 pandemic and renewed spotlight on systemic racism that you are finding time to take care of yourself. I have been trying to start meetings with a brief mindfulness exercise and encourage all to find opportunities every day for even some brief mindfulness. Like many of you, I am thinking a lot these days about what I can do to impact systemic racism and ensure that I am working to improve health inequities. I, personally, and the whole team are working each day on educating ourselves about systemic racism, on how to address racism and, how to ensure we have a more diverse team moving forward. I feel that we can and must do better to improve perinatal outcomes for women of color. We all need to take steps towards this goal. I am positive that our joined efforts to address justice in women’s mental health will have a positive impact.
I hope that you are able to get outside for some summer fun and relaxation – socially distanced and with a mask, of course.