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New Pediatrics Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Monthly Feature :

August 7, 2020

Pediatrics is excited to announce a new “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Monthly Feature. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion joins the four other current Pediatrics Monthly Features: Global Health, Historical Perspectives, COMSEP (Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics) and SOPT (Section on Pediatric Trainees).

Pediatrics is excited to announce a new “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Monthly Feature. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion joins the four other current Pediatrics Monthly Features: Global Health, Historical Perspectives, COMSEP (Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics) and SOPT (Section on Pediatric Trainees). The articles included in the new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Monthly Feature will highlight areas in which bias, discrimination, racism, and inequity have impacted the health of children and their families. Many of us have seen firsthand how a difference in zip code, for example, in the same geographic region affects health outcomes. As pediatricians, we have the ability to make a long-term impact on a child's life, and we need to be front runners in advocating for and creating change that will be wide-reaching and long-lasting. The key is to continue to learn and question assumptions as they relate to inequities in care, to bring children who are more vulnerable into the spotlight and evaluate and re-evaluate how we are approaching our practice. We need to know where bias occurs in order to dismantle it.  Structural racism, societal xenophobia and implicit bias, for example, will continue to impact the health and wellness of children and families until we recognize and find ways to mitigate these negative influences.  In this new Monthly Feature, suggested topics include, but are not limited to: the impact of social, personal or structural factors on health with respect to housing and geography, health care access, transportation, education, wealth, law, policy, and justice system involvement. Primary research, regardless of scope, should not be submitted to this section; please see additional Pediatrics Author Guidelines for research submissions. Specific questions about the Monthly Feature may be directed to Dr Allison Lopez at allison.lopez@ascension.org.

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