“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it, then destroy it. Antiracist action must follow the emotional and intellectual awareness of racism.” - Ibram X. Kendi
The Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Pediatric-Newborn Medicine (DPNBM) is committed to opposing discrimination in all its forms. The DPNBM DE&I Task Force’s main focus currently is Antiracism. We recognize that racial inequalities, systemic racism, and white advantage affect all aspects of our society, and lead to health disparities that involve a disproportionate number of women and infants of underrepresented minorities experiencing poor health outcomes.
The Task Force has a long-term commitment to educate on structural racism, to promote awareness of implicit biases and microaggression, and to provide tools to transition from “not being racist” to become “antiracist.” The Task Force promotes inclusiveness as well as expression of each individual’s own beliefs and dialogues.
The Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of immigration status and provides compassionate care and evidence-based medicine to patients and families of all backgrounds.
Along with MGB and Brigham Health, the DPNBM DE&I Taskforce is committed to work to accomplish the goals of increasing our organization’s diversity at all levels, creating and sustaining a culture of respect and belonging, identifying and eliminating inequities for patients and employees with limited abilities, and those who identify as belonging to groups that have been the targets of discrimination, including but not limited to: LGBTQIA2S+, Native Americans, Asians, Hispanic and Latinx, Black and African Americans.
The Task Force works to implement strategies to dismantle racial inequalities in the health outcomes of newborns and their families, to create and celebrate a diverse and inclusive environment for patients and all members of the Department. Finally, we work to restore trust among underrepresented minorities through acknowledgement and repair.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
1. Leadership: Develops strategies in recruitment, retention, support, and promotion
2. Education and Faculty Engagement: The sub-committee on Education and Faculty Engagement works to facilitate open forums to discuss racial inequalities, to promote awareness of systematic racial hierarchy, to recognize white advantage, to understand how racism affects health outcomes, and to take action in deconstructing racism.
3. Clinical Equity Practice: Quality Improvement Projects
4. Advocacy and Community Outreach Initiatives
American Academy of Pediatrics:
Health disparities and initiatives to promote improve maternal and neonatal outcomes:
Director: Silvia Patrizi, MD
Underrepresented Minorities (URM): Representation of a subset of population in professions and education that is disproportionally less than their proportion in the general population.
NIH Definition of Minorities: Black, Hispanic, Native American or Alaskan native, Asian, Pacific Islander
Impact on Health Indicators: URM experience a disproportionate burden of preventable diseases, death and disability compared to the general population.
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