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
19: Environmental Justice
Jerome A. Paulson, MD, Bethany L. Carlos, MD, MPH, "Environmental Justice", 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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Environmental problems, such as climate change, exposure to lead, indoor and outdoor air pollution, pesticides, and other toxic chemicals, are more likely to affect low-income, minoritized communities and those whose members have limited English proficiency. Discussing environmental issues may feel different or uncomfortable for the pediatric health professional, yet clinical practice offers an opportunity to counsel patients, parents, and caregivers. The long history and the current practices of systemic racism have significant health impacts. Pediatric health professionals have the expertise to be part of groups that tackle these problems.
Keywords: environmental justice, advocacy, community engagement