2021 Message from Susan Shumaker
What a year!
Susan Shumaker, Foundation president, helps give COVID-19 vaccine to frontline health workers.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents one of the biggest challenges our community has ever faced. Over 341,000 deaths have been recorded in the United States with 6,633 of those deaths occurring in North Carolina. The pandemic has radically altered our way of life and taken a significant toll on many – physically, emotionally and economically. Thankfully, COVID-19 vaccines are now being administered to frontline health workers. Vaccines offer great hope to turn the tide of the pandemic. With equitable vaccine distribution, we are one step closer to ending this outbreak.
Making sure that sick people get the care they need and don’t infect others is crucial to containing COVID-19. However, many workers have little choice about going to work, even when they feel unwell. The COVID-19 crisis has confirmed what we’ve long known: health is an issue far broader and more complex than just medical care. It is inextricably linked to other social and economic drivers of health – and the policies that create those conditions.
As we prepare for what comes next, Cone Health Foundation is committed to building a more equitable future for Greensboro by using our voice, influence, programs, and initiatives to create fair opportunities for all to be healthy. We know progress cannot be made without addressing the systemic racism and structural inequities which have been ingrained within our society for generations. Our goal is not to return to the way things were before, but to work together to build a future where everyone has an equal opportunity to live, work, and thrive.
Susan Shumaker, president, Cone Health Foundation