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Celebrating Black History Month (February 2022)

Dear AMSPDC Colleagues:

February is Black History Month which is a time to highlight and honor Black and African American contributions and sacrifices that have helped build and continue to shape America.

As an organization we take this time to reaffirm our commitment to become an anti-racist and inclusive, diverse organization that chooses to embrace and center Black and African American contributions to the field of Pediatrics. It is our responsibility as Chairs of Pediatrics to assure the history of Black and African American innovation and sacrifices to improve the health and well-being of all children is never forgotten or ignored.

To observe our rich history of colleagues from the past and present, please take the time to learn about the many Black and African American pioneers of pediatric medicine that have had enduring impact on our profession and in the lives of children across the nation and beyond.


Drs. Ann Reed, President & Leslie Walker-Harding, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Chair and Board Member

Vision + Values Statement

Academic Pediatric Departments lead in care delivery, research, training, and advocacy that improves the health and wellbeing of children in their communities and throughout the world.

Values Statement:

  • Integrity
    We are professional and honest in our working relationships and strive for equity and fairness in our decision making. We honor our commitments and hold ourselves accountable to the highest ethical and performance standards.
  • Collaboration
    We are committed to working together with each other, patient groups, and relevant professional organizations. We support a culture of participation and inclusion, including the formation of partnerships, and advocacy designed to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions that impact children’s health. We respect differences among our members and their organizations, recognizing they are part of our strength, and freely share ideas to inspire and learn from one another.
  • Compassion
    We care about children and families and each other.
  • Innovation
    We support an organizational culture that values change and innovation.
  • Leadership
    As the leaders in academic pediatrics we model the values of our organization and help to develop the leaders of tomorrow.
  • Excellence
    We pursue excellence in all our core missions: clinical care, research, education and advocacy.
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
    We are committed to proactively engaging, understanding and addressing equity, diversity and inclusion.

The American Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs stand behind our providers and pediatric leaders who are working to give the needed care to an underserved population of youth who identify as transgender and gender dysphoric who face significant health disparities.

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