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Our Family Is Crazy
AAPI & Our Role

in DEI
By: Hoku Okumura
Date: April 8, 2021

By Hoku Okumura, DPT, Senior Outpatient Clinical Director

Wow, have we had a challenging year. Challenging to our routines, systems, pre-conceived notions. We have been faced with so many decisions about how and when to speak up for the safety of our communities and patients. I have struggled with this on so many levels, hoping that someone will find the exact right words to equally soothe my agitation and pave a path for solidarity and equity. I’m reckoning with my urge to speak out against hate and to speak up for the protection of my fellow Asian community. I’m wrestling with my ingrained reflex to assimilate and comply. I’m apologizing for the passion in my voice. I’m learning that the “passion” is my own surprise that I’ve been actively ignoring these things for so long. I’m feeling exhausted by the near constant output of emotional energy over the last year.

I am grateful to have been included in the Infinity Rehab Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) workgroup as well as the Avamere Family of Companies People and Culture Council, where I am learning more every day about my role in building a culture of respect and safety at work and within my community.

Jessica Burkard (of Avamere) and I recently teamed up to co-author an article from the lens of DEI on Asian American Allyship. This personal call to action was published in the Avamere blog on March 8, 2021.

We felt compelled to speak out on behalf of the Asian American community, which Infinity and Avamere both serve and employ.

In writing this article, I thought about our elderly Asian patients and their historical cultural response to injustices: silence and assimilation. The younger generations are learning to be less tolerant of the status quo and more outspoken for positive change – and in this case, speaking up for our elders and colleagues. Our workforce has a deep passion for the safety and welfare of older adults, and I think that message will resonate with our family of companies.

I hope that our diverse workforce will see that we are speaking up for safety and inclusion of a marginalized community – just as we celebrate in our DEI mission statement. I hope that readers will feel the personal history and experience of their colleagues and apply that compassion to the care of our patients. I hope that they will feel empowered by the courage of our company for amplifying voices within our family of companies, even when it may be uncomfortable. We have work to do in building true cross-cultural solidarity within our family of companies, and conversations like these are steps toward our goal of true belonging.


AAPI & Our Role in DEI

By: Hoku Okumura
Date: April 8, 2021


By Hoku Okumura, DPT, Senior Outpatient Clinical Director

Wow, have we had a challenging year. Challenging to our routines, systems, pre-conceived notions. We have been faced with so many decisions about how and when to speak up for the safety of our communities and patients. I have struggled with this on so many levels, hoping that someone will find the exact right words to equally soothe my agitation and pave a path for solidarity and equity. I’m reckoning with my urge to speak out against hate and to speak up for the protection of my fellow Asian community. I’m wrestling with my ingrained reflex to assimilate and comply. I’m apologizing for the passion in my voice. I’m learning that the “passion” is my own surprise that I’ve been actively ignoring these things for so long. I’m feeling exhausted by the near constant output of emotional energy over the last year.

I am grateful to have been included in the Infinity Rehab Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) workgroup as well as the Avamere Family of Companies People and Culture Council, where I am learning more every day about my role in building a culture of respect and safety at work and within my community.

Jessica Burkard (of Avamere) and I recently teamed up to co-author an article from the lens of DEI on Asian American Allyship. This personal call to action was published in the Avamere blog on March 8, 2021.

We felt compelled to speak out on behalf of the Asian American community, which Infinity and Avamere both serve and employ.

In writing this article, I thought about our elderly Asian patients and their historical cultural response to injustices: silence and assimilation. The younger generations are learning to be less tolerant of the status quo and more outspoken for positive change – and in this case, speaking up for our elders and colleagues. Our workforce has a deep passion for the safety and welfare of older adults, and I think that message will resonate with our family of companies.

I hope that our diverse workforce will see that we are speaking up for safety and inclusion of a marginalized community – just as we celebrate in our DEI mission statement. I hope that readers will feel the personal history and experience of their colleagues and apply that compassion to the care of our patients. I hope that they will feel empowered by the courage of our company for amplifying voices within our family of companies, even when it may be uncomfortable. We have work to do in building true cross-cultural solidarity within our family of companies, and conversations like these are steps toward our goal of true belonging.

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