Recognizing Juneteenth and Our Commitment to Health Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

On June 19th, we celebrate Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. On this day in 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to proclaim freedom for all enslaved individuals, marking the end of slavery in the last Confederate state. Juneteenth represents a momentous milestone in the pursuit of equality and justice for all.

As dedicated providers of gynecologic cancer care, we understand the significance of fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for all those affected by gynecologic malignancies. Today, we write to you not only to shed light on an important historical milestone but also to reaffirm our commitment to health equity, inclusion, and justice in our practice.

We strongly believe that recognizing and honoring Juneteenth is essential for our constituents affected by gynecologic cancer. By understanding and acknowledging the historical struggles and triumphs of marginalized communities, we can foster empathy, unity, and shared purpose. It is through this collective recognition that we can build a more equitable and just society for all.

In line with our commitment to health equity, inclusion, and justice, we pledge to ensure that every person affected by gynecologic cancer receives the care and support they need, regardless of their background, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. We strive to provide accessible and culturally sensitive services that address the unique challenges faced by everyone.

To achieve these goals, we are actively working to enhance our cultural humility through ongoing education and training. We are fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we serve. Furthermore, we are actively engaging with community organizations to improve access to care, promote early prevention strategies, support advocacy efforts, and address systemic barriers that contribute to health disparities.

We encourage you to join us in recognizing and honoring Juneteenth.  It is also noteworthy that the month of June is the inaugural Uterine Cancer Awareness Month globally.  As we continue to seek and raise awareness and resources for uterine cancer, let us stand together in solidarity, supporting each other as we navigate the challenges of all gynecologic cancers. We invite you to share your stories, experiences, and perspectives, as they help shape our commitment to providing the highest quality care to all.

Thank you for entrusting us with your care. We are honored to serve you and are dedicated to creating an inclusive and equitable healthcare environment that respects and values every individual with authenticity.

With warm regards,

Eloise Chapman-Davis, MD
SGO Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity Committee
FWC Board Member

Jeffrey Hines, MD
SGO Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity Committee
SGO Board Member