April 2020 Chairman’s MessageBy Urban League of HR
Hello all of my Urban League friends, welcome to the month of April! In April we celebrate Autism Awareness as well as Stress Awareness. Autism is of special importance to me because I have two sons that are in the Autistic Spectrum. They are both healthy and living in homes where they have like housemates and are provided 24 hour assistance. This month is special to me because of them and all that they have taught me about Autism and that loving them is so vital to who I am as a person, father and husband. My wife and I visit them monthly, although with the Corona virus hitting the US, their home has been closed off to visitors, and we totally support that!
Stress Awareness and Autism both fall under the UL pillar of Health and Education- the more we know, the more we need to know- education is key to remaining healthy. Stress is one of the leading illnesses in the United States and it is hitting the underserved communities particularly hard. The stresses of financial burdens are very real in these communities!
On March 30th, Governor Ralph Northam issued a “stay at home/shelter in place” order through June 10th. This will undoubtedly cause stress on all communities, but the underserved communities will be hit hardest. Many in these communities are non-exempt/hourly employees and they will not be able to work! The ULHR is in talks already with Sentara Hospital on how we can partner to best service the underserved communities- so please be on the lookout for announcements as to how we will partner. Our CEO Gil Bland is on the board of Sentara and is extremely excited to forging this partnership.
Please all be safe and care for those in our communities who are above the age of 65 and those with preexisting health conditions- the numbers are indicating those are most vulnerable to this virus.