A Historic Call to Health Equity

June 2020

Before we push forward into deeper, harder work, as a country and as a Greater Williamsburg community, we pause.  The pandemic of COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted African Americans and all people of color. Systemic injustices which result in poor health outcomes have long been unmistakable and understood by many Americans. Those same injustices are now better understood by many more.  This call to advance racial justice and anti-racism must become action with lasting, meaningful change. 

At Williamsburg Health Foundation, we believe in action above words.  As an organization founded through the proceeds from the Williamsburg Community Hospital, we are solely focused on community and this community.  We believe social factors – such as where one lives, works, and worships – profoundly influence one’s health.  We know social ramifications of race influence health. 

Our vision is “individuals making healthy choices in a community with health opportunity for all.”  All means all – everyone.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to live a healthy life.  No matter your neighborhood, education, employment, cultural inheritance, or color of your skin.  We believe we approach grant-making with programs and capacity-building with organizations with an equity mindset. 

Now and always, WHF invites members of the Greater Williamsburg community to be in touch with us about how we can continue to make ours a more equitable, and therefore, healthier community.  We are listening, learning, and continuing to strive for a community where all people can enjoy health and well-being.

Carol L. Sale, RN, MSN

President & CEO

Williamsburg Health Foundation

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”  — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.