Why recognizing Juneteenth is more important now than ever

Written by The ESG Team on Friday 17th June 2022

At OPEN Health, we recognize the importance of Juneteenth and what it stands for: the end of slavery in the United States of America. After the heightened racial awakening we have seen in recent years, Juneteenth takes on even greater significance. So much so, that 2022 is the first year that Juneteenth will be a national holiday in most states. The OPEN Health US offices will be closed in celebration of what is now being called “America's second Independence Day.” This is an important milestone in the struggle to overcome divisions and give everyone full access to justice, freedom, and equality. Learn more about the history of Juneteenth.

Hear from some of the OPEN Health team on why it is important to acknowledge Juneteenth as a federal holiday in the US.

“Juneteenth strikes back boldly at systemic racism and makes a definitive and unequivocal statement that we do not accept it and that we will do everything we can to ensure it has no place in a democracy built on a foundation of equality, respect, and freedom for all.”
- Larry Radican, VP, HEOR

“The observance of Juneteenth as a federal holiday in the United States is an important milestone that will not only serve as a commemoration of the ending of slavery, but also foster the celebration and education of Black culture and communities throughout the country.”
- Timothy Ventrella, ESG Intern

“Making Juneteenth a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery and to bring about celebration, crushing racial divides, signifies a point of unity for America.”
- Candice Subero, VP of Global Marketing

“Juneteenth is important to me as it is a celebration of freedom and equality as well as a day of remembrance for those who sacrificed so much for the right to be free and equal.”
- Joy Madden, Resourcing Director

In celebration of freedom and Black culture in America this year, OPEN Health will be donating to the Juneteenth Foundation.