Racism in the health care system — a driver of health inequities — affects patients, caregivers, and providers alike and is reinforced by organizational culture, policies, practices, and interpersonal relationships.

Health care providers and institutions, including pediatric practices, have an opportunity to not only acknowledge historical and current racism in medicine but to dismantle racism in health care through explicit efforts, such as establishing anti-racist policies and practices that can disrupt systemic racism and promote equity. Pediatric health care providers can hold themselves, their organization, and staff accountable to anti-racist practices and play an important role in combatting racism in health care systems.

This implementation fact sheet offers practical strategies that pediatric practices can adopt to provide care that is high-quality, inclusive, equitable, and delivered with dignity.

Posted: October 2023