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Pediatric Grand Rounds (CME): What Kids and Kidneys Can Teach Us About Racism in the Bay Area

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What Kids and Kidneys Can Teach Us About Racism in the Bay Area

O. N. Ray Bignall II, MD
Assistant Chief Diversity Health Equity Officer
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Structural racism is one of the most pervasive and impactful social paradigms in modern life, and often works in tandem with systems of inequality, driving social factors that adversely affect child health. Understanding the influence of racism on these unjust systems can aid the academy in narrowing these disparities, and assist pediatricians in effectively advocating for justice in health care and society. Using kidney health disparities as a model, we will explore how child health professionals can examine their own scholarship to identify targets for mitigating health inequities, and improve the health of children and families in their community.


  • Define Racism, and overview its historical context in the United States
  • Briefly highlight a few of the racial and ethnic health disparities we see in pediatric kidney care, linking them to structurally racist and unjust systems that perpetuate these disparities.
  • Discuss changes child health professionals can make to help dismantle systems of inequality and promote health equity and justice.

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