The Joint Commission stands for racial justice and equity

The Joint Commission has been deeply shaken and saddened by the death of George Floyd. The image of his senseless death is a cause for all of us to examine our institutions to assure we are working toward eliminating racial inequality, bias and disparities in America. The Joint Commission has no tolerance for racial discrimination in our own organization or in the health care organizations we accredit and certify. Sadly, we know that racism exists in health care. Many decades ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, « Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. » Yet, we continue to see racial bias and disparities in care received by people of color.