The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to addressing the factors that affect children and adolescent health with a focus on issues that may leave some children more vulnerable than others. Racism is a social determinant of health that has a profound impact on the health status of children, adolescents, emerging adults, and their families.
Back in June 2020, the American Academy of Pediatrics President, Sara “Sally” H. Goza stated, “We must dismantle racism at every level, from individual to institutional to systemic… Our children’s future will be built on these moments of reckoning.”
Dr. Goza’s message still rings true and we stand with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities in solidarity against anti-Asian hate and racism.
We are working to improve our understanding of the effects of racism on child and family well-being and how we can play a role in dismantling racist systems. Below are several resources as a starting point. We plan to add to these resources and will also put them in our Coastal Currents e-newsletter.