As a doctor with Afro-Cuban roots, as you can see in my son Boone, diversity and inclusion are deeply ingrained in my personal and professional values. I believe that it is essential to celebrate and embrace the rich cultural tapestry that makes up our society. Today, I want to shed light on Juneteenth, a significant holiday in African American history, and share my perspective as a healthcare professional with my aforementioned heritage. By spreading awareness about Juneteenth, we can foster understanding, promote unity, and contribute to a more inclusive and equitable society, and healthcare system.

Diversity encompasses the beautiful array of cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds that coexist within our communities. It is a source of strength, resilience, and innovation. Juneteenth provides an opportunity to honor the African American experience and the struggles faced by this community in America, and specifically in the healthcare system as well. By recognizing the historical significance of this holiday, we acknowledge the resilience, contributions, and cultural heritage of the African American community. Embracing diversity means celebrating the richness that every individual brings to our collective tapestry.

Juneteenth holds a special place in my heart as a medical provider with Afro-Cuban roots. It serves as a reminder of the shared struggle for freedom and equality endured by people of African descent across the diaspora and the amount of blessings I’ve received to reach where I am now. On June 19, 1865, the news of emancipation finally reached enslaved African Americans in Texas, marking the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth allows us to reflect on the progress made since then and the work that remains to be done in eradicating systemic racism. By honoring Juneteenth, we pay tribute to the generations of individuals who fought for freedom and paved the way for a more inclusive society.

Spreading awareness about Juneteenth is a crucial step towards fostering inclusivity and understanding. Start by educating yourself about the historical context and significance of Juneteenth. Share this knowledge with others, engage in open conversations, and actively listen to different perspectives. Amplify the voices of the African American community by reading literature, watching films, and attending local Juneteenth events. By doing so, we can promote empathy, challenge stereotypes, and create an environment that values and uplifts diverse experiences.

As a doctor with Afro-Cuban heritage, I firmly believe in the power of diversity and inclusion, as well as individual races' impact on their ability to receive care. Juneteenth is a holiday that allows us to reflect on the ongoing struggle for freedom and equality faced by African Americans. By embracing diversity, honoring this day, and spreading awareness, we can create a society that celebrates the contributions of all individuals. Let us come together to foster understanding, promote unity, and continue the journey towards a future where every person is respected and valued.

On this special day we are reminded of the importance of freedom. I am reminded of the famous quote, “Man is born free, yet everywhere I look he is in chains” by Rousseau. The shackles that bind us are not physical but are the mental prison created by chronic stress. If you want help in becoming free of chronic stress come see Dr. OG and his team. If you want a plan to stay lean and clean come see us in 1717!

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