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On the Value of All People in Our Workforce 

Bruce BirdI had drafted a post about the challenges ahead for FY 2018, and planned to release it this weekend, but the events of the past 24 hours compelled me to write about the issue of welcoming immigrants from countries, which have been impacted by economic or civil conflict.

Yesterday the President reportedly made reprehensible remarks about countries including Haiti and many in Africa, which no one in public office should ever make. The obvious implications were that people from these countries were less valued and therefore less welcomed. We are outraged.

Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston and State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry have both spoken about the support of the people of Boston. Our leaders are on record for embracing the Haitian community and all immigrants.

Dr. Gary Gottlieb of Partners in Health, interviewed on local radio this morning, commented: “I’m horrified and deeply saddened. These kinds of comments do not in any way reflect the extraordinary people we’ve had the privilege to work with for more than three decades.” And further, “ these are people who love their children as much as we love ours, who have enormous creativity and talent, who face challenges that we can’t even imagine with remarkable courage – and anyone who sees and understands those people will take a step back and stand on what they bring to us it’s richness, greatness,” he said.

We could not agree more.

Dr. Paul Farmer, one of the founders of Partners in Health once said: “The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that’s wrong with the world.”  That quote summarizes the values we hold in our company for everyone whom we serve, and those who serve them.

So I am proud to say that Vinfen is steadfast in support and appreciation for the immigrants from Haiti, Africa, and other countries in our workforce who make extraordinary contributions in providing care and support for the people we serve. And we stand with the leaders in our city, state and country who embody and promote the true values of America, which has built our nation on the principles of welcoming and embracing those who have come here for the opportunity to contribute to our society.