Letter from the Director: COVID-19 Reminds Us How Interconnected We Are | Chalkboard Project

Letter from the Director: COVID-19 Reminds Us How Interconnected We Are

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Whitney Grubbs

On an ordinary day, Oregonians risk forgetting how interconnected we are. But no matter how divided our state may sometimes feel, or how many miles separate our homes, these days remind us how closely our lives are bound together.

As we navigate a pandemic, we’re witnessing the value of our teachers and early learning providers, our doctors and nurses, our leaders and public servants, and so many others. We’re witnessing the interconnected nature of our education, health, social service, and economic systems. We’re witnessing why good data is critical, and why sharing data across regions and systems matters.

And at least for the moment, no one is questioning that protecting and supporting the most vulnerable among us is essential to the strength of our communities, and our imperative as Oregonians.

I’m hopeful that when we emerge from crisis, we will hold on to our compassionate spirit and collaborative mindset. It’s exactly what we need to proactively build a better Oregon for our children.

Whitney Grubbs
Executive Director
Chalkboard Project / Foundations for a Better Oregon
 

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