Culture, Ethnicity & Health Care SIG

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SIG Description

Continuing the tradition of its founders, the focus of our SIG is on research, education, and policy/advocacy about cultural issues (including race/ethnicity and linguistic issues), and how these issues impact children's health and healthcare.


  • Bring together pediatricians from across the country and create a community of people with shared interests in culture, ethnicity, and healthcare.
  • Define a set of urgent priorities and unanswered questions regarding cultural, ethnic, and linguistic issues in children's health and healthcare
  • Identify potential projects for the group to work on together focusing on cultural/linguistic issues in the areas of research, education, and policy/advocacy

SIG Update Report - March 2018

Co-chairs and Planning Committee:
John D. Cowden, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Kansas City
Year of term end: 2019 (2nd term)

Casey Lion, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Washington/ Seattle Children's Hospital
Year of term end: 2019 (1st term)

Lisa Ross DeCamp, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Tania Caballero, MD, MHS
Pediatric Academic Fellow
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Current update:

This year at the PAS meeting in Toronto, the Culture, Ethnicity, and Healthcare SIG will be hosting a session Saturday, May 5, 8-10 am, on Latino Child Health Research. We are delighted that we will be joined by leaders in the field, Drs. Tina Cheng, Elena Fuentes-Afflick, Raquel Hernandez, Fernando Mendoza, and Darcy Thompson. The session will begin with a moderated panel discussing the trajectory of child health and health disparities research related to Latino culture, and how to support the development of trainees and future leaders in the field. We will then break up into small groups, led by these national experts, to work together to outline challenges and opportunities. We will finish with a discussion around the role of a SIG in supporting Latino Child Health Research and Latinx trainees.

We will also be hosting a happy hour on Sunday, May 6 from 4:30-6:30 pm at Badali, just 2 blocks from the convention center (156 Front St W). Please drop by to continue the conversation over free appetizers and a no-host bar!

April 2016 Newsletter Article

This year at the annual PAS meeting in Baltimore, the Culture, Ethnicity, and Healthcare SIG will focus on "Life of the Refugee Child in the US - A Pediatrician's Guide." Our session will occur on Tuesday, May 3, 9:30-12:30 at the Baltimore Convention Center. We will present and discuss details of where refugee children are coming from, where they are settling, and how those interested in child health can support their needs. Come hear practical advice about the pediatrician's role in navigation programs, assessing for trauma/adverse childhood events (ACEs), and advocating for child-friendly refugee/immigrant policies. Expert speakers include Dr. Julie Linton, Dr. Janine Young, and Dr. Kristine Rodrigues. Videos and group discussion will help us explore this important topic. We also will host trainees with abstracts related to culture and ethnicity in health. Please join us for this informative and engaging session.

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Lisa DeCamp, MD, MSPH
622 Murdock Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
Phone: (410) 550-9036

K. Casey Lion, MD, MPH
M/S CW 8-6
Seattle, WA 98145-5005
Phone: (206) 884-1049




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