MC3 Statement of Solidarity
We have all watched with sadness as nationally publicized accounts of police brutality, violence, and racism have unfolded across the country. These displays of overt, violent racism have shaken us out of our daily routines and demanded our attention, but they are all part of the much deeper problem of systemic and institutional racism in America that must be addressed.
As healthcare professionals and providers for children, we are too often aware of the oppressive social determinants of health that lead to unjust, inequitable outcomes. Our training has taught us that ACEs (adverse childhood events) disproportionately impact children of color and heighten risk for mental health issues. We are called to the continuous and ongoing work to disrupt and dismantle systems of inequity.
Today, and every day, we stand in solidarity with Black families, colleagues, and communities in protest against systemic racism and injustice.
We recognize that statements of solidarity are not enough to drive the change this moment demands; a moment long overdue. Moving forward, we commit to challenging systemic racism and to standing on the frontlines of change. We will hold ourselves accountable, within our institutions and as individuals, to examine our unconscious biases and work to become better allies, better learners, better teachers, and better people in the pursuit of building a new and just society.
- Racial Equity Tools
- Racial Equity Tools Glossary
- NPR – Beyond Protests: 5 Ways to Channel Anger into Action to Fight Racism
- Dismantle Collective – White Allyship 101: Resources to Get to Work
- PBS Teachers’ Lounge – Tools for Anti-racist Teaching
- Zero to Thrive – Supporting Young Children with Conversations on Race and Racism
- Michigan Medicine – Thrive With Your Family Episode 7: Loss and Grief
- Child Mind Institute – Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News
- Center for Racial Justice in Education – Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids
- American Psychological Association – Talking to Kids About Discrimination
- CNN – Sesame Street Town Hall Part 1 and Part 2
- CNN – How to talk to your kids about protests and racism
- PBS Kids – Using Media to Talk With Children About Race
- Pretty Good Design – Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) – Childhood Traumatic Grief: Resources for Parents and Caregivers
- A Cup of Jo – Raising Race-Conscious Children
- American Academy of Pediatrics – The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health
- Social Justice Books – A selection of multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators
- Embrace Race – Looking for Excellent “Diverse” Books for Children? Start Here!
- Esquire – If You Want to Learn About Anti-Racism, These 10 Books Are a Start (for adults)
- What’s Your Grief – 64 Children’s Books About Death and Grief
- Embrace Race: 20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good
- Ready to Remember, a book that tells the story of Jeremy, a boy suffering from Childhood Traumatic Grief, or watch the video
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Rosie Remembers Mommy: Forever in Her Heart (video)
- Michigan Health Lab – Protecting Children After the Wounds of Racism Divide Us Even More
- Dr. Stephanie Fong Gomez (AAP 2020 grantee) – Anti-Racism Resources for Pediatricians
- Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology – Childhood Racism Experiences and Postpartum Depressive Symptoms in African American Mothers
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement – The Role of Racism as a Core Patient Safety Issue
- AMA Journal of Ethics – How Should Organizations Respond to Racism Against Healthcare Workers?
- UCONN Culture and Mental Health Disparities Lab – Trauma in Diverse Populations (Racial/Ethnic Stress & Trauma Survey)
- American Psychological Association – Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Racial and Ethnic Minority Youth: A Guide for Practitioners