In book 1 of this 3-part series, we are pleased to present an extensive collection of adolescent health articles that address the diverse needs of the adolescent and young adult population as it relates to preventative health. Through a wide variety of research, we have come to a greater, more informed understanding of the vast needs of this dynamic phase of human life. Here we present the most salient of recent publications that aim to describe and address the current issues that affect the health and well-being of children in this important step of their development. Available for purchase at https://shop.aap.org/pediatric-collections-adolescent-health-care-part-1-promoting-wellness-paperback/
The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health
Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM, Danielle G. Dooley, MD, MPhil, FAAP, Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP, SECTION ON ADOLESCENT HEALTH, COUNCIL ON COMMUNITY PEDIATRICS, COMMITTEE ON ADOLESCENCE, 2023. "The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health", Pediatric Collections: Adolescent Health Care Part 1: Promoting Wellness, American Academy of Pediatrics
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The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to addressing the factors that affect child and adolescent health with a focus on issues that may leave some children more vulnerable than others. Racism is a social determinant of health that has a profound impact on the health status of children, adolescents, emerging adults, and their families. Although progress has been made toward racial equality and equity, the evidence to support the continued negative impact of racism on health and well-being through implicit and explicit biases, institutional structures, and interpersonal relationships is clear. The objective of this policy statement is to provide an evidence-based document focused on the role of racism in child and adolescent development and health outcomes. By acknowledging the role of racism in child and adolescent health, pediatricians and other pediatric health professionals will be able to proactively engage in strategies to optimize clinical care, workforce development, professional education, systems engagement, and research in a manner designed to reduce the health effects of structural, personally mediated, and internalized racism and improve the health and well-being of all children, adolescents, emerging adults, and their families.