In these intense weeks during the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, we condemn the death of Daunte Wright and all who died before and after him at the hands of police. This is a physically, spiritually, and emotionally exhausting time, particularly for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people. We refuse to stay in silence. We will not normalize losing the lives of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people in this way, ever. As the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, we are committed to achieving health, justice, and positive development for all children, youth, and families. Our hearts are with our youth who are growing up seeing this violence unfolding in front of their eyes.
Black, Brown, and Indigenous bodies are tired of grief, tired of living in fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones, and are trying to survive. Our Black, Brown, and Indigenous youth are beautifully gifted, talented, and full of potential. It is our responsibility to challenge the systems that are literally threatening their lives and wellbeing. Racism kills and is a poison to development. Racism is a public health crisis.
It is our role to stop all forms of racism and enable positive development to set all our youth free of oppression. We must redouble our efforts to advance public agendas centered on justice and equity.
Through its Interdisciplinary Fellowship & LEAH programs, the Division prepares pre- and post-doctoral fellows from the disciplines of medicine, social work, nursing, psychology, nutrition, and public health for leadership careers in academia, public agencies, and youth-serving community-based organizations, including local, state, and national and social service organizations.
Our division collaborates with several community clinics to provide pediatric services from birth to young adulthood. We provide general pediatric primary care as well as specialty care in adolescent health. Areas of expertise and interest include healthy youth development, positive parenting, care coordination for children and youth with chronic conditions, advancing health equity among vulnerable youth and under-resourced populations, and addressing social determinants of health. Learn more about our clinical sites.