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The events of the last few weeks have been upsetting and overwhelming. The recent killings of George Floyd in Minnesota, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the systemic racist policies and inequities facing African Americans in the United States.

The Department of Pediatrics stands in support of our black residents, fellows, students, faculty staff and the entire black community. We are committed to fighting racism and injustice and will continue to work for diversity and inclusion in our department and UAB. As health care providers, we must continue and expand our work to eliminate health disparities in Alabama and the United States. As individuals, we must support each other, examine and amend our own biases, and find ways to eliminate racism and inequities in our society.

As a department, we will work to establish new initiatives to create a more diverse and inclusive environment and to eliminate systemic racism and health disparities.

Silence is not an option. Inaction is not an option.

Click here for the special message Mitch Cohen, M.D., Chair of Pediatrics, and Tamera Coyne-Beasley, M.D., MPH, Vice Chair for Community Engagement shared earlier this week about recent events and systemic racism in the U.S.

Below we have gathered some local organizations and resources to help fight racism and promote diversity. This is not an exhaustive list but we hope that you find some of these organizations and resources informative and helpful.



UAB Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics Resources

Things to Read, Watch and Listen To

Toolkits and Reading Lists