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Diversity and Inclusion



Message from Diversity Champion

"Our ultimate goal should be health equity, with each and every patient, family, and community able to achieve their ideal state of health through fair, just, and optimized care to meet their individual and collective needs. But we cannot achieve health equity without first addressing racism. So, if you are looking at disparate outcomes in your own institution, life, or practice, then look no further than racism for your marching orders." 


- Dr. Paige Perriello, Charlottesville, VA-AAP Central Delegate-at-Large



Actions Speak Louder

The VA-AAP recognizes it is a time for action.  Words are not enough.  The following initiatives and programs are a starting place for us to build a better place to work, to serve, and to live.

What are we doing?

  1. ASHEW grant - Ongoing quality improvement project to identify the social determinants of health in the outpatient setting and connect families with the resources they need in the community they live.
  2. CATCH grant - Will help address racial and cultural specific trauma informed care for kids .
  3. State Equity Task Force - 2 board members are serving as the only physicians on this state group to advise the governor's office.
  4. Ethnic/Racial data with COVID -Currently working with state and national data sources to keep us focused on identifying ethnic/racial data for COVID cases to guide our advocacy on the issue of race.

Resources and Books

Younger Children:

  • A is for Activist, by Innosanto Nagara (Board book)
  • The Skin I'm in: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas
  • The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage, by Selina Alko
  • Let's Talk About Race, by Julius Lester
  • Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham
  • Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story about Racial Injustice, by Marianne Celano
  • Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development, by enid Lee et al


Preteens and Teens:

  • Making it Right: Building Peace, Settling Conflict, by Marilee Peters
  • Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship, by Irene Latham & Charles Waters
  • The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
  • Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community, and Stand for Justice, by Allan Creighton, Paul Kivel
  • Black Lives Matter, by Bradford Edwards, Duchess Harris


Other Books:




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