Why focus on health equity?
Pediatric clinicians and staff are on the frontlines of working with young children and families, especially during early childhood. These early years help determine a child’s path toward—or away from—lifelong health and well-being. Clinicians can play a key role in advancing health equity by actively working to reduce the impacts of systemic discrimination and health care disparities, addressing parental stress, and providing interventions that promote optimal child development.
New York has a long history of championing the needs of vulnerable populations and promoting access to care for children, with over 95% of the state’s children currently insured. It is now time for the state to become a leader in child health equity.
Click here to see slides from a presentation on health equity and pediatric care by Wilma Alvarado Little, Associate Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities Prevention. This presentation, “Engaging Our Communities: The Importance of Addressing Health Inequities Early in Life,” accompanied the launch of the PEDS Learning Network in September 2020.