Bamboo Health takes pride in building a culture where every teammate feels welcomed and valued. We embody this culture by celebrating heritage months throughout the year with internal events for Bamboo Health employees. Check out the e-mail below with a statement from Chief People Officer Annie Edwards about what Black History Month means to us as an organization.
Today begins the celebration of Black History Month! For 28 days, we reflect on and recognize the many contributions Black people have made to our country and the world.
Black History Month was first introduced as “Negro History Week” by Carter G. Woodson and his organization known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The ASALH organized the first celebration of “Negro History Week” in 1926 by encouraging schools and communities across the nation to host celebrations, lectures, and establish history clubs. By the late 1960s, “Negro History Week” evolved into Black History Month on college campuses and was officially recognized in 1976 by President Gerald Ford.
This year’s theme, “Black Health and Wellness” aligns perfectly with our mission and vision of improving healthcare for all. Black people have made great contributions to healthcare in the U.S. Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performed the first successful open-heart surgery in 1893 and Dr. Charles Richard Drew was a pioneer for blood plasma research and the development of blood banks.
Black Health and Wellness doesn’t just focus on traditional methods of care such as primary care or ER visits, but also mental and emotional health. Through our solutions we can have meaningful impact for communities of color across the nation coordinating care and improving healthcare for all.
This month you will have opportunities to learn, experience, and celebrate some of the contributions Black people have made throughout history.
• Black History Month BINGO
• The Music of Changemakers
• How We Become Free: A Black History Meditation
And for other ways you can get involved this month check out the following resources and organizations: