Reflection on Juneteenth and Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

A message from Tom Koutsoumpas, President & CEO Capital Caring Health

With the Juneteenth holiday on Monday, I want to underscore Capital Caring Health’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and am pleased to share some important news with where we are heading with our Center for Health Equity.

Juneteenth commemorates the date when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, in June of 1865. It is significant that we recognize this occurred two months after the Confederacy surrendered in the Civil War and about 2 and 1/2 years following the Emancipation Proclamation which freed slaves in Southern states.

As we move forward, not only in our country, but also in our company and our community, we must understand our past and the injustices people of color have and continue to face.

I am pleased to share that Audrey Easaw will be joining us as our new Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, Communications & External Affairs. Audrey will also serve as our new Executive Director of our Center for Health Equity. Audrey has already begun working closely with Donna Gayles and Sabrina St. Clair to continue the incredible momentum of the Center.

Audrey comes to Capital Caring Health with more than 25 years of experience of leading organizations through transformational change. Leveraging her background in counseling and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging training, she has led strategic planning and communications efforts at organizations such as McMillion Communications and AARP.

I know that Audrey’s background and expertise make her a fantastic fit for Capital Caring Health. I look forward to the progress we will continue to make as Capital Caring Health becomes a stronger, more diverse, and more inclusive organization.

Regards,
Tom

To learn more about Juneteenth, click here