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New Work Group Addresses Anti-Racism, Disparities

June 16, 2021

The chapter’s new Anti-Racism Task Force and the existing Poverty and Disparities Work Group have merged to create a brand new group: the Anti-Racism and Disparities Work Group.

At its first meeting in May, the group covered a lot of ground. Members focused the conversation around ways in which the newly formed collaborative could address issues that intersect in anti-racism and disparities work to remove systemic barriers for BIPOC infants, children and teens in Minnesota.

The Anti-Racism and Disparities Work Group is co-chaired by Kate Sadak, MD, FAAP (who led the Anti-Racism Task Force Work along with MNAAP President-elect Eileen Crespo, MD, FAAP) and Valeria Cristiani, MD, FAAP (who served as Poverty and Disparities co-chair with Rachel Tellez, MD, FAAP). 

Previously, the Poverty & Disparities Work Group had established its priorities as:

1) Educating members about health disparities, poverty/ homelessness, food deserts, etc.

2) Identifying community and state-level partners

3) Advocating for increased access to care, food, housing, and transportation.

The newly formed work group plans to tackle areas such as literacy, redlining and homeownership, and connecting with programs such as Child & Teen Check Ups. Members will work in sub-groups. The group also wants to increase member education about anti-racism and disparities by scheduling speakers for presentations.

The Anti-Racism and Disparities Work Group plans to meet monthly as members ramp up to take on this work. The next meetings will take place Monday, July 19, and Monday, August 16, both via Zoom from 12:15 to 1 p.m. If you’d like to get involved, contact MNAAP Executive Director Jeff Bauer at bauer@mnaap.org.

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