A Message to Our Staff
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dear BCHD Staff,

Our hearts are heavy and saddened by the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Every day, you—our team of social workers, youth educators, fitness instructors, health promoters and support departments work to serve and help individuals and families in our community to create a healthier tomorrow—our purpose is clear.

Our core value, above all values, is that we treat people with respect. We are a diverse and inclusive workforce and feel it is an important time to renew our commitment that Beach Cities Health District stands and believes in equity, inclusion and health for all.

In our professional and personal lives, and as a community and society, we can only move forward towards healing together.

We understand feelings of anger, stress and worry from recent events may be compounded by COVID-19, isolation and uncertainty during this time. Please remember to care for your health and be kind to your body, mind and community. Now more than ever it is important that we “walk our talk” and contribute to our collective healing by practicing even more empathy, compassion and kindness.

If you personally participate in peaceful and lawful demonstrations, please be safe and remember to maintain physical distance from others and wear your cloth face covering. If you need support, we are here to listen and have resources available. Please reach out to me, your manager, HR department or our Employee Assistance Program.

I have been so proud of the work our organization has done and we will continue to support you and the community during this challenging time. I’m looking forward to speaking with all of you at our next Big Picture meeting on June 10.

In health,

Tom Bakaly
CEO, Beach Cities Health District