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Anti-Racism

We, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Board of Directors, support the AAP’s formal policy statement acknowledging and apologizing for past racism against Black pediatricians, which laid bare the racist attitudes and beliefs of early leaders. AAP is committed to dismantling all forms of racism now and in the future – and so are chapters across the country.

At the MNAAP’s July 2020 Board meeting, we discussed the importance of recognizing our own racism and working to become actively anti-racist. MNAAP condemns racism, discrimination and oppression in all forms. We affirm that racism and oppression are public health crises with serious physical and mental health consequences for our communities.

Our work will be guided by the following principles:

  • Amplify the voices of those most directly affected by racism and injustice; racism and oppression are not their responsibility to solve. The responsibility to dismantle racism falls on white people.
  • Ensure a just, equitable, and inclusive educational, clinical, research, and advocacy environment for pediatricians in Minnesota.
  • Take all needed steps to identify and dismantle unjust and inequitable systems, as individuals and collectively. This includes systems of white supremacy and other forms of oppression and discrimination within our organization, pediatric practices, and hospital systems in Minnesota.

Educational Opportunity

Fighting Racism to Advance Child Health Equity

This free training is available through the AAP Online Learning Center through April 2024. The course is designed to change competence and performance by focusing on ways to equip pediatricians to advance child health equity by applying an anti-racist lens to the systems shaping health and medicine. Tools and strategies will be provided to help prepare pediatricians on how to use the power of their platform to address health disparities and help create the conditions that we know support healthier children and families.

This educational activity is a chance for pediatricians to come together, get educated, hear that call to be advocates for children and rise up as a community around their diverse pediatric patients to help make sure that they have equitable chances for a healthy future.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and MOC 2 credit available.

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.

Podcasts

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.

Books

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

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

Websites

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.

Videos

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.)

 

 

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