“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”
― Maya Angelou
As parents, pediatricians, and educators our most pressing goal is to keep our children safe and guide them through all stages of development to be kind, caring, and compassionate adults. In today’s world, this is not an easy task. We are forced to recognize and face the injustices and inequities in our society and translate that in to a form our children understand. One of the best ways we can create a kinder society is to teach and empower the next generation to do better. Below is a list of resources to help guide you in these important discussions with your children of all ages.
Racism is a public health issue. Many social factors impact the health of people. They include issues like food insecurity, housing, transportation, and education. The impact of racism has been linked to birth disparities and mental health problems in children and adolescents. Below is a list of resources to help guide you in these important discussions with your children of all ages.
“Racism is a social determinant of health that has a profound impact on the health status of children, adolescents, emerging adults, and their families. Although progress has been made toward racial equality and equity, the evidence to support the continued negative impact of racism on health and well-being through implicit and explicit biases, institutional structures, and interpersonal relationships is clear. Failure to address racism will continue to undermine health equity for all children, adolescents, emerging adults, and their families.” — AAP (2019)