“You will wake tomorrow with every chance to love, and love more. You will have a chance to be kind. You will have a chance to show up for justice. You will have a chance to rest and restore your heart. The sun will rise. The air will fill your lungs. And there will be the opportunity to make a difference.”
—Rev. Audette Fulbright, November 8, 2016
Dear 100 Million Healthier Lives friends and colleagues,
Many of you may be reflecting on the results of the U.S. presidential election—and thinking about what changes may lie before us. We each are feeling our own mix of emotions as we face this moment of our shared humanity. We want you to know that we are all in this together.
We cannot help but feel today that our work together has never been more important: to come together in an unprecedented collaboration to build an enduring movement for the improvement of health, wellbeing and equity founded on an understanding of the interconnectedness of our diverse and precious human family.
The reality of the health challenges in the U.S. will not change: we will go bankrupt if we don’t improve health outcomes at a lower cost. And we cannot significantly improve those health outcomes or cost without addressing equity and the social, behavioral and environmental drivers of poor health and diminished wellbeing.
It is not an option to go backward. We are ever grateful for each of you for your commitment to a national and global collaboration that is unprecedented, and we call on each of us to put aside any differences we might have in support of the people and communities who are not thriving in this country, whether they be children growing up in a neighborhood of concentrated poverty or someone who is struggling to make ends meet in a rural area.
Hundreds of members of 100 Million Healthier Lives in red states and blue are creating health, wellbeing and equity together. We are connected together in a belief in our common humanity and a commitment to health, wellbeing, and equity. www.100mlives.org/map.
If you need a community of people to be with during this time, or know others who do, we invite you to come to Phoenix—we will be reflecting and taking action together as a community. We will be looking for times within that when our wider community of those who are not able to be present can join the collective conversation.
Thank you for your passion and your commitment to our interconnected human family.
Hanna Sherman, Laura Brennan, Soma Stout
Co-Chairs of the Leadership Team, 100 Million Healthier Lives