All of us at Burkhart Pediatric & Adolescent Dermatology wholeheartedly agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics statement on racial injustice and the need to critically examine the role of racial bias and institutional racism in our community (https://www.aappublications.org/news/2020/06/01/racism060120). We stand with our pediatric colleagues for justice and for the equitable treatment of black and brown people.
Here are some of the ways we, as a pediatric dermatology clinic, have recommitted to rooting out inequities that threaten children’s health at all ages:
- We have integrated resources on talking with children and young people about racism and injustice throughout our clinic (https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/Building-Resilience/Pages/Talking-to-Children-About-Racial-Bias.aspx).
- We have committed to cultural humility education and training so that we may role model cultural sensitivity to young people.
- We have engaged community partners to guide us ensuring that our encounters are safe and help make it clear that our office is a place that embraces and fosters the unique differences of young people and families.
- We have invested in developing a diverse staff with varied life experiences in a collegial environment.
- We have created bilingual materials and hired bilingual staff to ensure all our young patients and families feel comfortable and welcome.
- We commit to working with community partners who strive to create a community where black and brown people can truly thrive.
“We must dismantle racism at every level, from individual to institutional to systemic,” said AAP President Sara “Sally” H. Goza, M.D., FAAP. “Our nation did not get here overnight, and the road to progress and healing will be long and difficult, but the work we have before us is essential. Our children’s future will be built on these moments of reckoning.”