Anti-Racism Task Force Reports Recommendations to Board of Directors
March 19, 2021
As part of a special meeting held Thursday, March 18, the MNAAP anti-racism task force co-chairs shared the group’s recommendations to the board of directors and asked that by June 1, the board report back which recommendations they can implement through one or more action steps within a given timeframe of six months, one year and 18 months.
The group’s report to the board included recommendations for:
- Chapter Diversity and Inclusion
- Chapter Member Education
- Improved Clinical Practice
- Child and Community Health
- Child Health Institutions and Organizations
- Academic and Training Programs
See the anti-racism agenda infographic: here.
The Board of Directors voted and approved work that will begin in six areas, to be conducted over the next six months:
- The chapter will conduct an internal review of chapter policies to ensure they promote anti-racism.
If the internal review identifies examples of past racist policies, the chapter will publicly recognize these and plan for reconciliation.
- The chapter will identify a Diversity Chapter Champion, who will work closely with the AAP Diversity District Champion.
- The chapter will update a resource webpage for the anti-racism work that is easily navigated and available to all child healthcare workers.
- The chapter will advocate that the local Reach Out and Read program offers books that promote anti-racism and diversity.
- The chapter will actively seek ways to promote anti-racism legislation.
As this work progresses, updates will be shared through future All Member Emails.
The resources listed below have either featured MNAAP members lending their expertise in anti-racism work, or have been recommended as useful education sources for anyone looking to learn more becoming anti-racist in their work in medicine, in the lives of children they influence, and in their own personal journey toward an anti-racist world.
Bringing Up Race and Racial Identity in Well Visits | Nathan Chomilo, MD, FAAP, discussed why and how pediatricians can be advocates for change in their practice as well as their communities in a Peds RAP podcast.
What Is Black Podcast – How are the Kids doing? | This episode is an excerpt of a special live-recorded conversation host Dr. Jacqueline Douge (a pediatrician and mom of color) had with her colleagues, discussing how their children are doing and coping during these unprecedented times and ways to improve the systems that determine health outcomes. Nathan Chomilo, MD, FAAP, was a guest on this podcast.
Code Switch from NPR | This podcast series from NPR explores overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, and how they play out in our lives and communities.
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People” by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Embrace Race | EmbraceRace was founded in early 2016 by two parents (one Black, the other multiracial Black/White) who set out to create the community and gather resources to meet the challenges they face raising children in a world where race matters. Since that time, EmbraceRace has grown into a multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families, and communities.
Raising Race Conscious Children | This website is a resource to support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children. The goals of these conversations are to dismantle the color-blind framework and prepare young people to work toward racial justice.
The 1619 Project by The New York Times Magazine | This ongoing initiative began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.
Talking to Children about Racism: The Time is Now | The American Academy of Pediatrics website HealthyChildren.org offers this guide to parents and caregivers about how to discuss racism with children.
CommonSense Media – Helping Kids Process Violence, Trauma, and Race in a World of Nonstop News | Child development, children’s health, and trauma-care experts talk about ways families can support their children, one another, and a just future. Nathan Chomilo, MD, FAAP, was a guest on this panel discussion.
Something Happened In Our Town | Story Time is a Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center program and Atlantis School For Gifted Youngsters produced series that highlights children’s books that are inspiring, empowering, and educational. This video animates the story “Something Happened In Our Town” a child’s story about racial injustice.
Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man | Emmanuel Acho, former NLF linebacker and FOX sports analyst, sits down to have an “uncomfortable conversation” with white America, in order to educate and inform on racism, system racism, social injustice, rioting, and the hurt African Americans are feeling today. (This is the first video in a series on YouTube.)