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Family Health Care works closely with the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas Medical School. The following sentiments from the Chancellor and Dean deserve being shared.

 

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Confronting racism and hate

Dear Colleagues,

 

We are writing to share our profound sadness and concern at the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, beginning Friday night. Like many of you, we were horrified at the sight of white supremacists with racist and hate-filled messages marching on a university campus. Even worse was the violence, injury and loss of life that ensued. It was a terrible weekend for Charlottesville and our nation, and a reminder of how much work we have left to do as a society.

 

The expressions of neo-Nazism and white supremacy at the heart of the weekend’s events are heartbreaking, sickening and unacceptable. There can be no place for that kind of racism and hate in a civilized society — and that includes at the University of Kansas.

 

Beginning Saturday evening, several KU offices and leaders have used social media to denounce the abhorrent behavior and statements of white supremacists and express concern for the victims. We want the people of Charlottesville and our colleagues at the University of Virginia to know they are in our thoughts, and their experiences will inform our efforts to confront hate and make our KU community more inclusive. Moreover, we support UVA President Teresa Sullivan in condemning the despicable acts and sentiments that have affected their community and our nation.

 

As faculty, staff and students return to Mount Oread this week, we will apply ourselves to discussing how we can continue to confront hatred and bigotry, both through our scholarship and efforts outside the classroom. More broadly, we will commit ourselves to our ongoing work to address diversity and inclusion on our campuses, and to ensure that all Jayhawks feel valued and welcome here.

 

The University of Kansas is a marketplace of ideas. We will – and should – have difficult conversations and disagreements with each other on complicated topics. But racism, intolerance and hatred – and violence borne of those views – are never acceptable at KU and, in fact, are antithetical to our values as a university. We pledge to work with all of you to ensure we live up to those values and do our part to condemn and confront prejudice and hate wherever they exist.

 

Sincerely,

 

Douglas A. Girod

Chancellor

 

Neeli Bendapudi

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for the Lawrence Campus

 

Robert Simari

Executive Vice Chancellor for the KU Medical Center and Executive Dean of the School of Medicine

 

A coalition comprised of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Psychiatric Association representing more than 560,000 physicians and medical students in the United States cautions that deep cuts to Medicaid in the legislation would hurt the most vulnerable patients: pregnant women and children. The importance of expanded access to health insurance coverage and improvement of our health care system rather than simply tearing down what is presently available is a critical need for our country. These groups are watching and physicians look forward to helping with suggestions over a few months of consideration to move forward with a well-thought-through and caring improvement to the ACA. The current bill is neither smart nor compassionate. SLeeMD

 

Please let your senators know your viewpoint. 

Senator Moran (KS)

Senator Pat Roberts (KS)

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Senator Roy Blunt (MO)

It is even more important to contact your senators about this health bill as on July 23rd- Mr. Trump urged his audience (primarily naval personnel- who's health care is covered by the military and who may take his exhortation as an order) to "call those senators" about the healthcare bill- during the commissioning of the new battle ship USS Gerald Ford. Yet it is a bill Mr. Trump has minimal understanding of based on his statements and it is a bill which is not supported by most physician groups (see above), hospital associations and consumer groups.

Kansas has 22,673 active military personnel and 10,926 reserve.

Missouri has 14,942 active military personnel and 19,488 reserve.

 

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Letter to our legislators:

 

I was the victim of a shooting a few years ago and recently had my life threatened by a mentally ill man who was supposedly trained as a military sniper. This is written to ask that you please vote to help keep assault weapons and munitions from dangerous people. Please vote to require the criminal background checks before purchase of guns. I ask that you close the loopholes in federal law that allow felons, people with restraining orders, people who are dangerously mentally ill and people suspected of terrorism (and on the no-fly list) access to weapons that can kill dozens of people in just a few moments.

There is no way killings by these people can be stopped simply by more guns in the hands of “good guys”. Even if I learned to use a gun, I could not shoot my way out of danger from a sniper on a hill more than 800 yards from me. And years ago while I was on duty at the KU emergency room and a mentally ill man came in and without a word started killing with a shot gun, it is almost unimaginable how many he would have murdered with a rapid-fire semi-automatic gun. (Most likely, I would have been among the dead.)

My safety and the safety of uncounted others, will be more secure if only my stalker and others with mental illness, such as the man who shot at me in the spring of 1981 are stopped from legal ownership of assault weapons that allow the murder of dozens in just a few moments.

 

I ask that you ask your legislators (Senators and Representatives) to PLEASE vote with your head and your heart. Vote in favor of the innocents that are slaughtered far too often by people who should never have these weapons in their possession.

 

Bills have been proposed will close the various loopholes and will save lives. Encourage them to vote to protect me, safeguard children such as those who were killed at Sandy Hook, and so many who would otherwise be at risk in the years to come is vitally important.

 

 

SLeeMD


 
 
 

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