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Published on Friday, June 18, 2021

On Juneteenth, APhA reaffirms its commitment to racial equity

WASHINGTON DC —The following is a statement issued by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) on the Juneteenth holiday:

Black lives matter.

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom, and as an organization, APhA rejoices along with the Black communities who observe the holiday with remembrance, prayer, food, and togetherness.

We also recognize that Juneteenth is a day for us to be solemn and introspective. As we’ve seen especially clearly over the past year, even on jubilant days, Black elation is tempered by the traumas of everyday racism: daily images of violence, injustice, and health inequities; interactions marred by implicit bias; lip service paid to diversity, equity, and inclusion without substance or follow-through.

APhA owns its role in the problem and is committed to being part of the solution.

As the nation’s foundational pharmacy organization and the only one that represents all pharmacists in all settings, APhA has a powerful platform, and it is our responsibility to use it to make positive change.

We support and advance antiracism initiatives in pharmacy education, professional associations, every practice setting, and most crucially, in our own hearts and minds. We honor diverse perspectives and their essentiality to success. And we embrace the discomfort that accompanies productive conversations about racism. #pharmacistsfightingracism

Read Pharmacy Today’s June 2021 cover story on structural racism.

We must do the work

Here are some of the actions APhA has taken to reject hate and discrimination and actively dismantle structural racism.

Our commitment is ongoing

APhA aims to dismantle structural racism every single day. This work is not done in a vacuum: We will incorporate antiracism into everything we do.

We hope our members and pharmacy partners will join us in our journey toward a more equitable profession, health care system, and world.



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