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ACHI President Discusses Benefits of Coming Together for Reflection, Healing

April 21, 2022

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“The loss of human life from COVID-19 is staggering,” ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson writes in a guest column published today (April 21) in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “To date, more than 6 million people worldwide, 988,000 in the U.S. and 11,000 in Arkansas have died from the virus, and we continue to lose more each day.”

In the piece, Thompson discusses and endorses the ACHI Health Policy Board’s recent call for community and faith leaders to organize a day of reflection and healing on April 27 to acknowledge the impact of the pandemic.

“I urge leaders across the state to heed our board’s call,” he writes. “Many of us may feel we’ve been suffering alone, but we haven’t been; we have all experienced this pandemic, and by coming together as communities to recognize that fact, I hope we can begin to heal.”