We see you, we stand with you

March 26, 2021
Kimberly Miyazawa Frank
By Regence

The following is a message from our senior partner of diversity, equity and inclusion, Kimberly Miyazawa Frank, which she shared with employees about this year’s attacks on members of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Today, I write to you both as an Asian American woman and as our company's new senior partner of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). As a company, we are appalled by the unconscionable attacks against members of the Black, Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities, and all other groups based on hatred and bigotry.

This past year, there has also been a significant increase in anti-Asian sentiment and attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), including the recent murders in Atlanta. In addition to physical violence, AAPI community members report being denied service by businesses and rideshares, verbal harassment with racial slurs, and property vandalism. AAPI-owned businesses have also experienced racially motivated animosity and boycotts.

Racially motivated violence causes trauma affecting well-being and can have a lasting impact. The AAPI community in the four states served by our regional health plans is significantly larger compared to the nation.

To our AAPI employees, members, providers, partners and communities: We see you, and we stand with you against hate, intimidation and violence.

As an organization where diverse voices, perspectives and experiences are foundational to serving our mission, we are committed to driving our DEI work forward. This includes:

Together we stand against racism, xenophobia, hate and intolerance targeted at any community.

In the words of Asian American human rights activist Yuri Kochiyama, “We are all part of one another.”

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