Impact Health Policy Partners sends our support to AAPI communities that are experiencing a dramatic increase in racism, xenophobia, and violence. We strongly denounce the white supremacy and misogyny driving acts of race- and gender-based violence, including the recent murder of six Asian-American women among eight lives tragically lost in Atlanta and numerous other acts of discriminatory violence affecting AAPI communities nationwide.
While reported incidents likely capture only a fraction of those that occur, Stop AAPI Hate has documented nearly 3,800 incidents of anti-Asian bias in every state and D.C. over the past year. These reports range from physical assault to verbal abuse and other forms of discrimination. Such hate-based incidents disproportionately affect women and have been directed at people across generations, including youth and elders.
Anti-Asian rhetoric around COVID-19 dehumanizes AAPI communities, fomenting violence. We recognize that such racist stereotyping and discrimination has occurred throughout U.S. history, including through exclusionary immigration restrictions and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, and has resulted in systemic harm to AAPI communities.
We are making the following commitments in support of AAPI communities. This work is part of our firmwide commitment to anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion, in which every Impact Health Policy Partner employee participates:
- Committing that senior management, including the Chairman, President, and Executive Vice President, will complete Bystander Intervention Training offered by HollaBack! in partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice;
- Making paid time available and encouraging all staff to complete this training during work hours this year; and
- Matching all employee donations to organizations supporting AAPI communities through June 30 up to a total of $2,500 per employee.