Culture, Ethnicity & Health Care SIG

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SIG Description


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.


Mission/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



Co-chairs:

John D. Cowden, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Year of term end: 2019 (2nd term)

Casey Lion, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Year of term end: 2019 (1st term)

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 Baltimore, the Culture, Ethnicity, and Healthcare SIG presentation focused on “Life of the Refugee Child in the US – A Pediatrician’s Guide.” Dr. Janine Young and Dr. Julie Linton presented on national demographics of refugee and immigrant children, healthcare needs, access to care, and components of the AAP Immigrant Child Health Toolkit. Case-based presentations addressed behavioral and developmental needs, social determinants of health, medical screenings for refugee children, and how to identify local and national resources for this population. Dr. Kristine Rodrigues presented about the Denver Health Refugee Clinic model of providing care for these children and Dr. Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn presented her research on the use of patient navigators to improve outcomes for immigrant and refugee families. Slides from the presentations are available by request - please email jdcowden@cmh.edu.



April 2016 Newsletter Article

This year at the annual PAS meeting in Baltimore, the Culture, Ethnicity, and Healthcare SIG will focus on "Life of the Refugee Child in the US - A Pediatrician's Guide." Our session will occur on Tuesday, May 3, 9:30-12:30 at the Baltimore Convention Center. We will present and discuss details of where refugee children are coming from, where they are settling, and how those interested in child health can support their needs. Come hear practical advice about the pediatrician's role in navigation programs, assessing for trauma/adverse childhood events (ACEs), and advocating for child-friendly refugee/immigrant policies. Expert speakers include Dr. Julie Linton, Dr. Janine Young, and Dr. Kristine Rodrigues. Videos and group discussion will help us explore this important topic. We also will host trainees with abstracts related to culture and ethnicity in health. Please join us for this informative and engaging session.

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:


John Cowden, MD
3101 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 960-2867
jdcowden@cmh.edu

K. Casey Lion, MD, MPH
M/S CW 8-6
Seattle, WA 98145-5005
Phone: (206) -88-1049
casey.lion@seattlechildrens.org


 

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