Dear Friends,

Like so many across our City, PHMC is outraged by the terrible fatal shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr. Mr. Wallace’s death at the hands of police and in front of his family and neighbors was a tragedy that should have been prevented. The anguish felt across our region in the aftermath of his death underscores that change and forward progress are so badly needed. This heartbreaking event underscores the need for additional services to this community and across the entire City.

Action is needed. PHMC’s response is clear:

  • We must and will continue our work in declaring and defining racism as a public health crisis with partners, funders and stakeholders.
  • We must and will continue to call direct attention to the need for more mental and behavioral health services, demanding that gaps in these areas be filled.
  • We must and will continue advocating for and demanding trauma-informed public health responses in our communities, mental health first aid training and access to comprehensive behavioral health services including more crisis response services.

With a historic election just one week away, emotions and actions across our city, region and country are as tense as ever. They reflect the stress, anxiety and eagerness for change felt by so many. PHMC cares deeply about the safety, security and physical and mental wellness of our employee and member family, and the stakeholders and partners we work so closely with. We see you, we acknowledge these many emotions and perspectives, and we are here to support you all in the days and weeks to come.

We are committed to listening, learning and discussing as we prioritize our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and ensure a safe and supportive space for everyone we touch with our work.

Yours in public health and equity,

Richard J. Cohen, Ph.D., FACHE
President and CEO
Public Health Management Corporation