Culture, Ethnicity & Health Care SIG

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SIG purpose/mission:
Continuing the tradition of its founders, the focus of our SIG is on research, education, and policy/advocacy about cultural issues (including race/ethnicity and linguistic issues), and how these issues impact children's health and healthcare.

Current SIG goals:

  • Bring together pediatricians from across the country and create a community of people with shared interests in culture, ethnicity, and healthcare. 

  • Define a set of urgent priorities and unanswered questions regarding cultural, ethnic, and linguistic issues in children's health and healthcare
  • Identify potential projects for the group to work on together focusing on cultural/linguistic issues in the areas of research, education, and policy/advocacy 

Annual summary:
This year at the annual PAS meeting in Toronto, the Culture, Ethnicity, and Healthcare SIG session was entitled, “Adelante: Next Steps in Latino Health Research and Building Academic Community.” The session featured a panel of leaders in the field discussing the trajectory of child health disparities research related to Latino culture, and advised participants on career-building in Latino health research and for Latinx trainees and junior faculty. Experts on the panel included Drs. Tina Cheng, Fernando Mendoza, and Darcy Thompson. Participants then worked together in smaller groups to outline challenges and opportunities as we work to move the field forward. The small groups were led by our panel participants, along with Dr. Elena Fuentes-Afflick. We also discussed the need for an academic home for Latinx child health researchers, along with Latinx trainees, and proposed a name change and shift in focus for our SIG to fill that role. An email to elicit feedback on that proposal will be forthcoming to SIG members.  A transcribed summary of the discussion is available by request:

Other groups (other SIGs and other groups not in the APA) that work in your area of interest:  

APA Race in Medicine SIG
APA Women in Medicine SIG 
APA Serving the Underserved SIG 
APA LGBTQ Health and Well-being SIG 
APA Health Literacy SIG 
APA Global Health SIG 
AAP Immigrant Health SIG 

Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Lisa DeCamp, MD, MSPH
622 Murdock Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
Phone: (410) 550-9036

K. Casey Lion, MD, MPH
M/S CW 8-6
Seattle, WA 98145-5005
Phone: (206) 884-1049




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