Structural Racism

Maine AAP Statement on Racism:

The Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics supports the nationwide movement to end racism. We recognize the structural racism embedded within our society, which results in racial inequities in health, access to health care, education, employment, law enforcement, and judicial matters.

The Maine AAP opposes racism and acknowledges its impact on health.

The Maine AAP recognizes that racism and discrimination impact the physical, mental and behavioral health of children of all ages, and that as pediatricians and as health care leaders, we must change institutions and cultural bias that fosters racism and racial injustice.

The Chapter commits to ending racial inequities and injustices that impact not only child health but also the well being of our communities.

We support our members to work at the practice, local, state, and federal levels, to end racism and encourage our members to join us in ending racial disparities that impact the health and wellness of Maine’s children, families and communities.

AAP Diversity and Inclusion Statement

AAP Policy Statement: The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health

AAP Perspective
: Race-Based Medicine

Words Matter: AAP Guidance on inclusive, unbiased language

Mental Health Resources:

44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country

Anti-Racism Resources for Social Workers and Therapists

From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces

How to Support Black Employees

Why Black Joy Matters, and Is a Form of Resistance, Too

Resources for Talking to Children about Racism:

AAP Addresses Racism and Its Health Impact on Children and Teens

Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma

Having 'The Talk': Expert Guidance On Preparing Kids For Police Interactions

How to talk to your children about protests and racism

How White Parents Can Talk to Their Kids About Race

Reaching Teens: Strength-based trauma-sensitive, resilience-building communication strategies rooted in positive youth development

Talking to Children about Racial Bias

Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism

Teaching Children Cultural and Racial Pride

Ten Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race

The Traumatic Impact of Racism and Discrimination on Young People and How to Talk About It

Your 5 Year-Old is Already Racially Biased

Resources for Combatting Racism in Medicine:

AAMC Resources

Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters

Color Code: STAT's podcast raising the alarm on racial inequities in American health care by Nicolas St. Fleur.

EthnoMed: The EthnoMed site contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues, and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants

How Racism Can Affect Child Development

JAMA: Structural Racism and Pediatric Health — A Call for Research

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology by Deirdre Cooper Owens

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Anti-Racism Toolkit

The Impact of Racism on Children’s Health

Toward the Abolition of Biological Race in Medicine

Additional Resources:

21 Day Racial Equity Challenge

Anti-Racism Daily

Implicit Association Test

LA Times: Coronavirus kills Black people at twice the rate as white people

NICHQ Implicit Bias Guide

Pediatrics Perspectives: Police, Equity, and Child Health

STAT: To understand who’s dying of COVID-19, look to social factors like race more than preexisting diseases

TED Talk: How racial bias works — and how to disrupt it