For pediatric practices to advance health equity and mitigate the impacts of systemic racism on health disparities and health care outcomes, the entire care team needs to be engaged, informed, and trained on equitable approaches to care. Principal activities clinicians and care teams can take to begin to advance health equity in pediatric practices include:

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    Recognizing implicit biases and their impact on patient care

  • Understanding how practitioners’ cultural competency and humility influences patient experience of care and trust in providers

  • Learning the differences between health equity, health disparities, and social determinants of health

  • Identifying health disparities within the primary care practice and community 

  • Adopting evidence-based interventions that may reduce health disparities 

  • Training practice staff on skills like screening, referral, and follow-up for connecting patients with social support

Training Resources

The following resources on training and workforce development in health equity are a starting point for pediatricians and practice leaders. They aim to help clinical leaders expand their perspectives and facilitate personal and professional development—for themselves and practice staff—toward more equitable delivery of care.

Implicit Bias, Cultural Competency, and Cultural Humility

Health Equity, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of Health

Exploring Health Disparities in Context

Screening for Social Needs, Referral, and Follow-Up

Practice Transformation

Telehealth Resources