November 3, 2021
The past twenty months or so have been a journey unlike any that I could have imagined. The loss of life, sickness, health, changes in learning, working, and worship – all the activities that directly affect the social determinants of health – came into play because of uncertainty, isolation, systemic social and cultural upheaval, and the need to survive. Yes, literally survive. So those of you who are reading this, here's an AMEN to you. A pat on the back. A handshake and a great big HUG! Because our lives matter.
General Colin L. Power (1937-2021), a four-star general, 65th United States Secretary of State, and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shared with us the importance of having "loved ones who will embrace them and pass on the experiences, rituals, and knowledge of a hundred previous generations. Loved ones who will pass to the next generation their expectations of them, their hopes, and their dreams." Dame Jocelyn Barrow (1929-2021) the first Black Female governor of the British Broadcasting Corporation and 1976 Race Relations Board member in London England, later formed to establish the Commission for Racial Equality, extolled the belief that she was entitled to be part of a society more equal than the one she had known either in her colonial birthplace or in the Britain of the 60s into which she later emerged. General Powell and Dame Jocelyn, here's our AMEN to you. Jobs well done.
As 1Joshua Group celebrates our 18th year, we are excited that our journey has been mapped out to embrace the legacies of General Powell, Dame Barrow, and others like you as we partner with academic, governmental, and NGOs to provide programming that improves health and life outcomes. Our scope of work includes facilitating inaugurations and investitures for 50% of the current HBCU medical school presidents; developing programs to improve interprofessional curriculum and training within the healthcare arena; creating broad-ranged programs around COVID-19 and H1N1; facilitating a gulf region campaign to provide trans-community collaborations to better understand policy development and implementation around mental health, maternal and child health, and men's health in the five-state gulf region; managing educational training around the availability of visualization tools for clinical data, development of policy collaborations, modeling and sequence analysis, and genetic and diagnostic care; and providing association management service to one of the pre-eminent minority nursing foundations – just to name a few areas within our scope of services. The opportunity to practice our craft is possible because of partners like you. So, an Amen to you for participating in engagements that elevate people to a higher plane, acknowledge the importance of the fact that people matter and that relationships matter.
Kermit G. Payne