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
17: The Impact of Interactions with Law Enforcement On the Health of Racially Minoritized Youth
Monique Jindal, MD, MPH, Alexandra M. S. Corley, MD, MPH, "The Impact of Interactions with Law Enforcement On the Health of Racially Minoritized 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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Police contact is a critical determinant of health. Racial disparities persist in police contact, resulting in health inequities for people from minoritized groups, including death. Children and adolescents are not exempt from interactions with the police because they may be secondarily exposed to law enforcement through their caregivers, passively surveilled within their neighborhoods, and even directly subjected to contact with border patrol agents, school resource officers, and community police. Pediatric and adolescent health professionals should be well versed in policing as a potential source of trauma for children, adolescents, and their families. They should advocate for evidence-based interventions that reduce exposure to police contact.
Keywords: police contact, law enforcement, trauma