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
31: Achieving Equity for Opportunity Youth
Kristin Mmari, DrPH, MA, Vanya Jones, PhD, MPH, "Achieving Equity for Opportunity Youth", 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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The term opportunity youth references young people between 16 and 24 years who are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor force. They are among the most challenging youth to serve for pediatric health professionals, as they live and operate outside the boundaries of the usual social structures meant to protect them. This chapter explores how to meet the needs of opportunity youth, focusing on equity concerns that often disadvantage Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; institutional systems that contribute to youth becoming disconnected; and opportunities for the health care system to engage with opportunity youth.
Keywords: opportunity youth, equity, health care sector