We are dedicated to improving the diversity of our departmental workforce and promoting pediatric health equity in our communities.
We acknowledge that our physical plants are on the tribal lands of the Sacramento area’s Indigenous people which include: the Nisenan, the Southern Maidu to the North, the Valley and Plains Miwok/Me-Wuk to the south of the American River, and the Patwin Wintun to the west of the Sacramento River.
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The interrelated, dual missions of the Department of Pediatrics Committee on Departmental Diversity and Pediatric Health Equity are:
These missions are symbiotic, each arising from and supporting the other: “Diversity can only thrive in the presence of equity and equity cannot be achieved without diversity.”
The Department of Pediatrics stands behind its dedication to creating a healthy future for all children. It logically follows that we ground our intertwined missions in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Statement on “Health Equity and Children’s Rights.” The AAP statement defines four elements of child health equity:
Operationalizing guideline-based strategies, the Committee will simultaneously address each of these four elements to ensure the fulfillment of our missions.
...whose staff, residents, and faculty have backgrounds that reflect the diversity of children it serves and where that diversity is celebrated and supported. We envision UC Davis Health and the Department of Pediatrics both committed to engaging, with humility, all of the communities of the Sacramento region to ensure equity in the healthcare we deliver and in the overall health of communities.
We will seek to employ the antiracism strategies provided in the American Academy of Pediatrics Statement “The Impact of Racism on Child Health and Adolescent Health” to maintain the rights of all children served by the Department of Pediatrics and serve as a model for the Sacramento region.
We will use theory and evidence-based models to attempt to establish the Department as a national leader in developing and promoting best practices to ensure the wellbeing of all children in a community, starting with the greater Sacramento community which we serve.
Developing and sustaining a diverse workforce requires investment from the Department of Pediatrics. A vibrant and diverse workforce serving children is itself a human capital investment in pediatric health equity. To that end, we will collaborate with the UC Davis Health Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Office of Student and Resident Diversity to guide the Department Chair, Division Chiefs, and Pediatric Residency Program Director in employing strategies to recruit, support, and retain, staff, residents, fellows and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
We will work with the UC Davis Health Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to guide the Department Chair and Division Chiefs in ensuring that faculty have ample opportunities for career advancement and leadership positions. We will use participation in the Committee itself (collaborating with the Department of Pediatrics Wellness Committee) by faculty, residents, and staff as a tool to support those participants, by providing a safe environment for discussion and mentoring around issues particularly relevant to diverse groups.
Guided by the principles of Cultural Humility, we will engage bi-directionally with community leaders to assist the Department of Pediatrics in meeting the healthcare needs of all children, especially the most vulnerable. Having community participants on the Committee is itself a powerful community engagement goal, in addition to specific projects that arise from the Committee. Project ideas will be initiated by community members on the Committee with support of the other community members.
Our committee will provide the Department of Pediatrics and others who want to participate educational opportunities through Grand Rounds and the CHAANJE Lives curriculum.
The committee is a multidisciplinary one with members including staff, graduate trainees (residents), and faculty from UC Davis Department of Pediatrics, as well as community members. All members of the committee have full and equal say in committee procedures and activities.
It is Dr. Fernandez y Garcia’s goal to address pediatric healthcare and health maintenance through the lens of family dynamics and Cultural Humility. He strives to form cooperative relationships with the parents of patients and their communities to ensure that his patient (the child) reaches his or her fullest potential.
Dr. Fernandez y Garcia is a Sacramento native who has come back to work in his community.
As an adolescent medicine sub-specialist, Dr. Laura Kester Prakash is deeply passionate about the care and health of her adolescent and young adult patients. She believes in developing personalized care plans that are tailored to her patients’ physical, psychological, social, and developmental needs and is dedicated to working with her patients to ensure they are building health behaviors that promote them transitioning into thriving and resilient young adults.