Healthcare workers taking a knee to reflect on recent US events

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — UnityPoint Health employees took the knee Friday, pausing for a moment of reflection.

“White Coats for Black Lives” is a national movement of healthcare workers acknowledging racial injustice issues across the country, not only including the death of George Floyd, but the disparities minority groups face in the healthcare system. Leaders from UnityPoint Health said the goal was to recognize all minorities, especially African-Americans.

“We’ve recognized we need to continue to make sure we’re inclusive to everyone and that this is not only a healthy, and happy place to work but a place everyone is comfortable doing that,” said Dr. Keith Knepp, regional CEO of UnityPoint Health.

More than 50 healthcare workers stayed silent for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, reflecting the amount of time a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck before he died.

For more information on White Coats for Black Lives, click here.

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