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
2: Social Determinants of Health and the Invisible Ubiquity of Racism: A Driving Force of Health Inequities and the Way Forward
Rachel L. J. Thornton, MD, PhD, "Social Determinants of Health and the Invisible Ubiquity of Racism: A Driving Force of Health Inequities and the Way Forward", 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 clinical and population health efforts are increasingly focused on the social determinants of health, the political, economic, social, and environmental conditions in which children grow, learn, live, and play, which can lead to lifelong impacts on health and well-being. For pediatric health professionals seeking to advance child health equity, understanding disparate social conditions within the context of racism as a structural force is critical. This chapter examines how health care delivery, medical education, access to economic opportunity, and essential goods and services are distributed in our local communities, states, and nation. Equipped with this knowledge, pediatric health professionals can address urgent unmet social needs among their patient populations.
Keywords: child health equity, social determinants of health, racism, health