We denounce the institutional and systemic racism and recurring violence that denies African Americans and other minorities the opportunity for a life well-lived. Racism challenges their ability to achieve a healthy old age and negatively impacts their mental and physical health across the lifespan. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others whose lives were senselessly cut short by recent violent events.
We stand with the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), and all other nursing organizations in calling nurses to action to constructively address changing our social systems to address the health disparities that have existed for too long in the African American and other minority communities.
Adopted by the Board of Directors 6/2/20
Please note that NHCGNE is paying close attention to new developments pertaining to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Six cases were confirmed in a Washington state nursing home on 2/29/20. We encourage anyone working with older adults to pay attention to the warnings and take extra precautions. Specifically, we encourage you to:
Here are some additional links to help all of us understand and be as prepared as possible for this world health threat, especially as it relates to older adults:
COVID-10 in PALTC Settings by The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine