Celebrating Diversity: Pride Month & Juneteenth
It’s June! We’re excited for the month and all that it brings — from Pride to Juneteenth, as well as the beginning of summer. It’s a great time to connect with the community and reflect on the year so far, as well as what’s to come.
Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, is the commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching Galveston, Texas marking the ending of slavery across the United States. It was first celebrated in 1865 and was pronounced a federal holiday in the United States in 2022.
Compared to other groups, African Americans are generally at higher risk for heart diseases, stroke, cancer, asthma, and many other chronic health conditions. At Juno, we're committed to making a difference by focusing on really listening to our patients, having a diverse medical team that practices culturally responsive care, and providing care in neighborhoods that need it most — where it’s frequently difficult to access high-quality care.
Pride is also celebrated during June, paying homage to the Stonewall uprising in New York City which took place on June 28th in 1969, and lasted for six full days. Along with celebrating the uprising, June is also recognized as a time to honor the LGBTQIA+ community and celebrate queer lives.
Folks in the LGBTQIA+ community are less likely to have a primary care provider, and experience numerous health disparities. We work hard to create an environment that’s welcoming to all, and provide gender-affirming care to our patients.
June is a very important time of year for the Juno community, and we’re honored to celebrate with our Black and LGBTQIA+ community this month, and every day.