NCDP Perspectives

Racial Disparities and COVID-19

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As the world scrambles each week to grapple with the seemingly insurmountable number of positive cases and deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic, public policy is failing some of America’s most vulnerable communities. Although COVID-19 has been called the “great equalizer” on different media platforms, the data tell a different story.

May 13, 2020

Pediatrician: If I Saw a Child Mistreated Like ICE Is Doing, I’d Call the Authorities

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This post was originally published on June 28, 2018 in the Daily Beast. The bandwagon of child care and health professionals who have characterized the federal government’s forced separation of migrant children from their parents as “child abuse by government” is overflowing. It would indeed be difficult to concoct a more traumatizing experience for already vulnerable infants and children then what these kids have gone through. The fact is that, as a pediatrician, if I saw a child being subject to the terror these kids are experiencing I would be ethically and legally obliged to contact the authorities.  But wait: The authorities are the perpetrators! And it’s not just psychological trauma these kids are experiencing. There’s rampant child neglect, too, in the detention facilities.  Terrified young children desperately need emotional support from parents and some semblance of a “normal” environment. That’s not happening in the government’s detention centers, or what

July 26, 2018

We still haven’t made things right in Flint

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This post was originally published on March 7, 2018 in the Washington Post. In many ways my trip last month to Flint, Mich. — now the symbolic epicenter of how bad decisions, bad politics

July 26, 2018