A National Sleep Foundation Statement on Equality and the Need for Change

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The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) exists to help improve the sleep health and well-being of the public. We embrace and celebrate differences among us and understand that we are all connected by our shared fundamental human needs and rights.  NSF can never accept beliefs or behaviors that foster racism, fuel hate, risk public safety, or restrict equal opportunities for everyone to thrive.  To this end, we stand with the Black community and all communities that have endured unequal treatment, and we will affirm our commitment by:

  • Increasing our commitment to diversity across our Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers 
  • Fortifying our government affairs and policy agenda to include the sleep health needs of the Black community, other communities of color, and historically underserved groups of people
  • Committing to continue to use our journal Sleep Health as a rigorous source of information and insight to help solve racial and other disparities that exist in sleep health and well-being 
  • Exploring new, transformational opportunities to help improve sleep health and well-being in the Black community and where others have historically suffered from underinvestment 

NSF’s values demand that our service to the public reflects respect and equality, and we commit to continue learning and doing even more to be an effective leader in public sleep health.  We are charged to do our part to translate science and knowledge into advocacy and action that can bring change.