The important, nationwide conversation last year focused around social justice reforms was deeply considered and discussed at Medliminal, a Health & Wellness Partner of the Washington Football Team that identifies billing errors on medical bills and gives employers and employees the potential to reduce overall health care spending. The discussion was sparked by Medliminal CEO Jim Napoli, who felt it critical to identify ways to help bridge communities and increase dialogue on this critical issue gripping the nation. Having devoted parts of his professional life to diversity and inclusion, Napoli saw no other path for the company and its team members.
Black History Month
Throughout the month of February, the team will focus efforts on impactful initiatives that align with the organization's commitment to engaging with the African American community throughout the DC Metro Area. The pillars of all the team's efforts will focus on education, sports and activism, and community.
Beginning in early 2020, Medliminal had already been developing their "Live Diversity" program. "We need to 'live' diversity, meaning our actions must match our words and we must respect one another regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, orientation or religion," said Jim Napoli, CEO and General Counsel of Medliminal. "One only need to meet Medliminal employees, see their diversity, and witness how they work as a unified team to understand what living diversity means."
In sharing with the Washington Football Team its intentional programs to embrace diversity and inclusion and help the country heal in the aftermath of the George Floyd tragedy, a partnership beyond sponsorship was developed, and soon both parties committed to establish a joint program through the ongoing social justice efforts of both organizations.
With this vision, Medliminal and the Washington Football Team pledged support to a nonprofit 501 (c)3 charitable organization that helps those who are the most vulnerable in our society, through five social justice initiatives identified by the Washington Football Team's Black Engagement Network:
- Police Reform & Community Relations
- Financial Literacy and Job Readiness
- Racial Equality
- Poverty & Economic Injustice.
With the mission defined and the focus shaped, Medliminal and the Washington Football Team worked together to identify charitable organization partners, aligned with each initiative, that would be supported with funding and volunteer resources from both parties.
Across each category, we provide an update on each of the commitments from Medliminal and Washington Football Team:
Education: Beacon House (Washington, D.C.)
- The mission of Beacon House is to provide children in the D.C. area with a safe and nurturing community in hopes to increase their academic achievement and have them achieve their greatest potential. The programs focus on closing the education achievement gap for children specifically in Ward 5.
** Police Reform & Community Relations: Cops n' Kids (Loudoun County, Virginia)**
- Every year, the Fraternal Order of Police Loudoun-Dulles Lodge 69 hold Cops & Kids, where Lodge 69 members spend the day with children to treat them to a Christmas experience they might not otherwise receive. Children are paired up with a law enforcement officers from several local jurisdictions where they spend the morning Christmas shopping for themselves and/or their loved ones for holiday gifts.
Financial Literacy & Job Readiness: Latin American Youth Center (Washington, D.C.)
- The mission of LAYC is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths' social, academic, and career needs. Funds will go directly to LAYC's job readiness program, which provides critical opportunities to develop job skills, get job training and certifications, and access internship and employment opportunities.
Racial Equality: ACTION in Community Through Service (ACTS) (Prince William County, VA)
- The mission is to foster hope, provide relief, and promote self-sufficiency for Prince William area neighbors in crisis.
Poverty & Economic Injustice: Doorways (Arlington, Virginia)
- Doorways creates pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault leading to safe, stable and empowered lives. Doorways works to transform the lives of adults, youth and children who are facing homelessness or suffering abuse in their community.
This partnership is an investment in these groups so they can sustain their far-reaching community work in these critical categories. Now is the time for organizations to contemplate how best they can move forward the conversation around social justice matters. Medliminal and the Washington Football Team demonstrate leadership on how to drive this change.
Jim Napoli concluded, "we are a mission-based company, and our mission is to lower healthcare costs for Americans as well as to assist those in need within our community. We are proud to partner with the Washington Football Team in providing this financial support to a diverse group of non-profits who work hard to help secure social justice and dignity for those in need."