Health professionals who care for children will find a thoughtful and hands-on resource to address racism and race-related issues in their practices in this essay collection. Leading experts from across disciplines frame the issues and provide practical information on prevention, intervention, and anticipatory guidance. Each chapter is grounded in the recommendations outlined in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement “The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health.” The AAP is committed to reducing the ongoing costs and burden of racism to children, the health care system, and society—this book is an important contribution to that effort and ongoing conversation. Available for purchase at https://www.aap.org/Untangling-the-Thread-of-Racism-A-Primer-for-Pediatric-Health-Professionals-Paperback
14: Reproductive Justice-Informed Care for Stis, Contraception, and Abortion in Pediatrics
J’Mag Karbeah, PhD, MPH, Asha Hassan, MPH, Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH, "Reproductive Justice-Informed Care for Stis, Contraception, and Abortion in Pediatrics", Untangling the Thread of Racism: A Primer for Pediatric Health Professionals, American Academy of Pediatrics, Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FSAHM, FAAP, Danielle G. Dooley, MD, MPhil, FAAP, Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP
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As comprehensive contraceptive counseling has become the standard of care within pediatrics, new questions and concerns about patients’ ages and abilities to make reproductive choices have arisen. It is important for pediatric health professionals, who often shape individuals’ relationships with the health care system throughout their life course, to understand how racism affects the reproductive and sexual health care experience of minoritized youth. The reproductive justice framework highlights the necessity for reproductive autonomy for adolescents and emerging adults and aligns with the idea of bodily autonomy that pediatric health professionals already recognize. However, connecting the need for bodily autonomy with understanding the impacts of historical and current racialized coercion, exploitation, and disenfranchisement on health care delivery is necessary.
Keywords: reproductive justice, sexual and reproductive health, contraceptive care