As a community of learners and educators dedicated to the health and wellbeing of children, we recognize that racism is a core determinant of health. It is our responsibility to:
- Acknowledge that health equity is unachievable unless racism is addressed through interdisciplinary partnerships with organizations that have developed campaigns against racism.
- Encourage community-level advocacy with members of those communities disproportionately affected by racism to develop policies that advance social justice.
- Call in team members to participate in interactive learning communities that promote cultural humility (eg, self-awareness, lifelong commitment to self-evaluation, and commitment to managing power imbalances).
As we approach the work of educating a healthcare workforce, we commit to the following:
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION FOR THE CRIBSIDERS TEAM AND GUESTS
- Building and retaining a Cribsiders team that is diverse and representative of the patients we serve
- Recruiting and interviewing guests and experts that represent the same kind of diversity and values we seek to build internally
- Using a health equity and anti-racism lens to all episodes, regardless of content
- Acknowledging health disparities and how those difference came to exist through structural racism and oppression
- Questioning race-based medicine given our understanding that race is a sociopolitical construct and not a biological or genetic one, and instead actively couch disparities through the lens of structural determinants of health as above
- Continually growing our perspective on equity and justice just as we are continuing to refine and grow our depth of clinical skills and knowledge
- Listening to each other, trusting each other’s lived experiences, and uplifting the lessons we can teach one another
- Creating a team culture of teaching one another, calling one another in when helpful, and to acknowledge the impact of actions whether helpful or harmful
- Continuously question how we understand the evidence, and open our eyes to developing new knowledge so we can improve how we analyze, understand, and create evidence-based medicine