June 4, 2020
MOAAP Executive Committee Statement

Recent events in our nation have again highlighted the inequalities that exist for minorities in our communities. We all know racism harms children, adults & families. Addressing racism and racial biases are important topics that we all must reflect upon.

The Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MOAAP) recognizes that racism and violence create unsafe and unstable environments for children and must be addressed on all levels.

Racism is a social determinant of health often taking the shape of a system of inequity or a set of opportunities that creates an unfair disadvantage to certain individuals or communities.

MOAAP will continue to advocate for minority children in our state. We must do better and implement policies that ensure fairness and equality.

Thank you for all you are doing in your community.
MOAAP Executive Committee

 

Resources

The Impact of Racism on Adolescent & Child Health
Commentary: Pediatricians called to address racism, intolerance to achieve health equity
‘Dismantle racism at every level’: AAP president
American Academy of Pediatrics Condemns Racism, Offers Advice for Families for How to talk to their Children
Harvard – Implicit Bias Survey
CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall on Racism
HealthyChildren.org – Talking to Children about Racism: The Time is Now
HealthyChildren.org – Talking to Children About Racial Bias
HealthyChildren.org – Recommended Reading: Books to Build Character & Teach Your Child Important Values
EmbraceRace – Looking for Excellent “Diverse” Books for Children? Start Here!
Mayo Clinic’s 5-Step Policy for Responding to Bias Incidents
Building a Tool Kit for Medical and Dental Students: Addressing Microaggressions and Discrimination on the Wards
Anti-Racism Training