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
33: Child Health Advocacy and Anti-Racism
Jean L. Raphael, MD, MPH, Lee Savio Beers, MD, "Child Health Advocacy and Anti-Racism", 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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Increasing recognition of racism as a public health crisis has brought a new understanding of the historical context of marginalized communities and the policies (eg, redlining, gentrification, mass incarceration) implemented that have led to racial injustice. As pediatric health professionals embrace the necessary work of dismantling racism in medical education, clinical care, and research, they must adopt new principles and strategies in child health advocacy. This chapter provides an overview of child health advocacy, discusses advocacy as a professional standard, and outlines how to engage in advocacy centered on anti-racism.
Keywords: pediatrics, advocacy, anti-racism