Black History Month- PIK’s Acknowledgement

By: Nissim Hayes, Preventionist

With Black history month ending, it’s a perfect time to reflect on how PIK has paid homage to this topic.

During this time last year, PIK took time to acknowledge Black figures who contributed and fought for progress in our community. Recognizing politicians and celebrities that went public with their recovery as well as advocates who created safe places for impacted children. Decisions that helped propel the national conversation to this day. Black History Month is not just a time to celebrate Black achievements, it’s also a critical time to acknowledge systematic challenges and disparities that have dire consequences.

Substance dependency is not a discussion that adheres strictly to the color of someone’s skin or what their hair looks like. It does not care about where your family comes from or what language you speak. However, an individual’s access to care is impacted by these social determinants of health. Establishing connections and community in places like Irvington and Paterson, highlight Prevention Is Key’s attention to underrepresented populations and their unique experiences. By staying educated about Black history and American history in this field, with every step we move closer to a future where everyone is adequately supported.

Thank you to our staff and those supporting PIK for endeavoring to make the world a more equitable place.