How do we discuss race and lung health issues that impact our most deserving, underserved communities? Continuously and uncomfortably. As the Executive Director of the CHEST Foundation and as a young Black man, I am hopeful that we, as CHEST, can lead these uncomfortable conversations to better our communities. Our ability to listen and deliver support to our most-deserving communities is critical in how we fulfill our mission. CHEST continues to be a leader in lung health because we choose to give a voice and a platform in support of better lung health – especially to those who are disproportionately affected by lung disease, specifically addressing the quality of care they receive and bringing to light the fact that too often these patients are forgotten by the rest of society.
As cases of COVID-19 and civil unrest continue to swell across our nation, we, the CHEST Foundation, have launched a virtual Listening Tour. We are taking this pragmatic, and more importantly, passionate approach to addressing health disparities by identifying and addressing barriers and issues affecting our most deserving and disproportionately underserved communities. By bringing together these communities’ patients and caregivers, local leaders, involved businesses, and our CHEST members in a virtual community gathering, we intend to clearly define the needs of each community, elevate those needs to a national level, and work to collaborate with and support these local communities and leaders to address their most-pressing issues.
Stories are what connect us and move us forward. We are confident that this virtual Listening Tour will be an opportunity for constituents to tell their own stories and learn from each other, while allowing the CHEST organization, through the CHEST Foundation, to act as the arbiter for pulmonary health and provide a path forward to create equity for those suffering from chronic lung disease.
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