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
Joannie Yeh, MD, "The Role of Pediatric Health Professionals in Promoting Equity and Child Development", 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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There are different approaches to talking with children and adolescents about racism and how factors such as access to health care, education, economic stability, and a healthy environment affect them and the people around them. These factors, referred to as social determinants of health, are greatly influenced by racism. Families may not always know how to begin the conversation or to help their child or adolescent understand and process their feelings when they encounter discrimination. Pediatric health professionals can provide parents and caregivers with age-appropriate and factual resources to offer advice on managing personally mediated and observed racism, tips on discussing stories in the media or incidents at school and in the community, and suggested resources for further learning.
Keywords: development, prevention, anticipatory guidance