Our Commitment to Diversifying the Movement
As February comes to a close, Compassion & Choices will continue to recognize the healthcare disparities for people of color far beyond this month. We are working hard and investing in diversifying the medical aid-in-dying movement, an important step in improving overall end-of-life care for all. We would like to share a few voices among our own staff who offer their perspective on the importance of this work:
“It has been an honor to spend the last 14 years improving care at the end of life. Compassion & Choices is having an impact on many communities and how they experience the dying process. By providing educational materials about the range of end- of-life options, spanning from advance care planning to medical aid in dying, people are empowered with information to make informed healthcare decisions.
Being able to collaborate with so many other organizations to get our resources out has been a huge opportunity for the organization. I look forward to continued success as we increase our engagement efforts to really help serve different community’s needs. If our work has more people having conversations and making plans then I think we on the right track.“ — Brandi Alexander, National Director of Constituency
“Our success cannot be realized without the active inclusion of diverse and vibrant perspectives. It is essential that our work at Compassion & Choices cultivates healthy relationships and strategic alliances with diverse institutions, influencers, communities and individuals in order to fully represent and reflect our society.
Coming from an African-American family rooted in strong faith-based values, I am excited to see the measurable engagement the movement has made in this and so many other cultures in our society.” — Tom Quash, Chief Marketing & Program Officer
“Empowering the African-American community to make Healthcare decisions in line with their values is a revolutionary act.” — Jon Patterson, Staff Attorney
Join us in celebrating Black History Month, but also in extending that recognition throughout the entire year. We have a lot of work to do to ensure that equitable end-of-life care is available to all people, but we, as an organization, vow to do everything in our power to see that reality.