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.

Anti-Racism & Disparities Summer 2022 Newsletter

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.

Annual Sponsors

Children's Minnesota
Gillette Children's
Hennepin Healthcare
University of Minnesota Health
Essentia Health
Mayo Clinic
Shriners Healthcare for Children-Twin Cities