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
34: Public Health: Disparities and Inequities in Your Community
Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, Michelle Spencer, MS, "Public Health: Disparities and Inequities in Your Community", 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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Pediatric health professionals are uniquely positioned to explain 2 fundamental insights: child and adolescent health depends on a safe physical and social environment, and this environment has been warped over time by racism. Beyond providing high-quality patient care, pediatric health professionals can engage in their communities to counter structural racism and improve health conditions. Critical roles for pediatric health professionals include identifying and analyzing racial inequities at the community level and developing and advocating for practical and effective solutions.
Keywords: public health, equity, advocacy