"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane," as per Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let's do something about it. We are well positioned in pediatrics to advocate for reducing these injustices and for society's youth and future.
Please read this wonderful piece in the January 2015 issue of Pediatrics written by residents from Boston, St Louis, Pittsburgh, and Seattle depicting what training in advocacy can look like. They astutely remind us that, "At the heart of it, advocacy is about endorsing effective solutions." That it is the responsibility of all of us. And that advocacy is not just to meet an accreditation requirement. Though only a subset of health care providers will dedicate their careers to advocacy on a larger level, "all pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists are called to advocate for their individual patients on a daily basis." Let's embrace this call, make a difference, find effective solutions, and reduce inequalities and injustices, both on an individual basis and all across communities.