While we should recognize Black History every month I do appreciate the opportunity #BlackHistoryMonth gives us to reflect.

In that spirit each day I’m going to recognize those in the community who have helped me grow & are writing their part (some literally) of our history.
2/1 - @BDTSpelman’s Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria should be required reading. For everyone.

Her work inspired my advocacy for pediatricians to do more to stop racism at its roots in early childhood. 🙏🏾

2/2 - I thought I was going to have the cool job in the family then my bro went & became a Blackhawk pilot & Captain😎!

@NjoyaChomilo’s service alone is enough but his ability to bring people together & willingness to embrace change have taught me so much🙏🏾🙌🏾
2/3 - @DrHeardGarris is a driven leader in @AmerAcadPeds, a leading researcher on the impact racism has on our communities (jamanetwork.com/journals/jaman…) & a powerful writer able to translate her experience as not only a MD but a Mom (jamanetwork.com/journals/jamap…)
2/4 - @mundumuragu is a mentor who leads by tremendous example. Whether teaching on the wards, advocating at legislatures or navigating admissions committee meetings, I’ve been fortunate to witness his poise & ability to weave levity & humility in his message.

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2/5 - listening to @deray, @MsPackyetti, @ClintSmithIII & @samswey on @PodSaveThePpl is like taking the red pill that helps you see structural racism’s reach & then having Morpheus’ crew train you in the ways to dismantle it 🙌🏾✊🏾

2/6 - @DrQuinnCapers4’ amazing lecture on Implicit Bias in medicine opened my eyes to how the link between structural #racism & clinical care could be presented in a way that physicians could start to understand its insidious impact.

2/7 - Justice @ACPage_77’s remarkable life is a testament to making the most of the opportunities you are given & even those you aren’t. His connection to the community (in addition to his bow tie game) is something I hope to one day be able to claim.

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2/8 - @RheaBoydMD seeks & speaks the truth about systemic & structural racism in a way that challenges #medicine’s status quo & not only calls on us, but equips us, to start (or continue!) the path that will rid us of its toxicity🙌🏾

2/9 - Houston White is showing Minneapolis what Black love for your city & #BlackExcellence can look like when we are given the chance. 🙌🏾


2/10 - Dr @CamaraJones’ powerful allegories on race & prolific career as a researcher & national public health leader has shifted how we talk about racism’s impact on health & how it works all around us.

2/11 - Dr. Chip Martin-Chaffee was one of the first Black doctors I met in training who made a point to MAKE time to mentor me.

Without me having to ask.

That feeling is one I have never forgotten & has pushed me to pay it forward🙌🏾

2/12 - @nhannahjones writing on school segregation shaped the choices I make for my family & how I challenge colleagues to examine how we uphold systems of privilege & racism that lead to #OpportunityGaps

& that was b4 #1619Project 🙌🏾


2/13 - from starting a community health professional mentoring program, to teaching the next generation of physicians, to leading the current one @MNFamilyDocs, to impeccable style, @reneecrichlowMD shows us how to be true to one’s self

2/14 - my little sis has overcome stumbles & setbacks that many fail to recover from. She has emerged w an amazing ability to see not only the best in others but herself.

She is channeling that into her new @Etsy store🙌🏾👏🏾
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2/15 - for a long time I felt comic books were the only places that as a sci-fi/fantasy nerd I could go to read stories about people who looked like me & cultures somewhat like my (nonNorwegian) family’s

@Nnedi’s Binti series was my gateway to afrofuturism🙌🏾✊🏾
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2/16 - @MayorCarter is not only building a city that works for all but a future where opportunity is less dependent on your zip code or race.

Honored that I’ve had the opportunity to work with & get to know him & looking forward to where his vision leads us🙌🏾

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2/17 - @MrPhantastic4 is blending tech, business & community in a way that shares his shine with all lucky enough to work with him.

His drive & commitment are inspiring & I’m proud to call him Fam 🙌🏾✊🏾🇨🇲🇺🇸


2/18 - as a young adult my identity as a biracial Black man who grew up in a white community, son of an African father, was filled w tension

@BarackObama’s Dreams from My Father helped me navigate how I viewed myself & continues to anchor me when doubt sets in
2/19 - tonight I fielded questions about a resolution I co-wrote that calls on @AmerAcadPeds leadership to denounce race-based medicine

Its work that likely wouldn’t be on our radar without the inspiration & example provided by the amazing @DorothyERoberts🙏🏾

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2/20 - MN Air Guard Brigadier General Dr. David Hamlar has served our country & state in so many ways - big & small

His mentorship while we were on the UMN admissions committee showed me how to effectively advocate for equity & justice

2/21 - @DrIbram’s pieces in @TheAtlantic perfectly distill my feelings as a Black man & the academic lens I view events. His books helped give me language to facilitate difficult conversations around racism & also provide an example of how to be vulnerable🙏🏾

2/22 - @Sannehfdn’s #Gala4Goals is celebrating its 10th anniversary tonight & its impact in MN & around the world.

@TonySanneh’s heart for soccer is matched only by his heart for the youth in our community. Congrats Tony! Looking forward the next 10 years!🙌🏾✊🏾
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2/23 - my cousin @kis_truth started life against incredible odds yet she (& her Mom!) overcame a tenuous start to receive a college scholarship & be recognized as a young leader in her community. Her positivity is infectious!👏🏾🙌🏾


2/24 - @RRHDr is an incredible researcher, writer & educator. She is working at just about every level to tear down structural racism in health care while helping build upon the resilience & strength our Black women & communities possess
2/25 - Dr. Julia Joseph-DiCaprio has been a leader in medical education, administration & policy. Her example helped me find my way in a system where it’s difficult to know where to start. I’m fortunate to have her as a mentor & friend🙏🏾
2/26 - @ava’s #WhenTheySeeUs has helped colleagues of mine confront the horrors of racial inequity & the way our black children are abused by the system in a way that a dozen grand rounds couldn’t.
#medtwitter #tweetiatricians #meded


2/27 - Mary Tate, or Mrs. Mary as so many of us call her, has been the heart of the @umnmedschool @SNMA chapter. Her warmth, steady support & consistent advocacy for her students has improved the education & experience of all students🙏🏾

2/28 - My father took a big risk leaving his family to come to the US. His path & sacrifice is where I’ve drawn so much of my inspiration & drive. His balance of appreciating the US’ promise while facing its shortfalls is one seen throughout the diaspora.

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2/29 - “I didn’t run for the title, I ran to do the work”

@staceyabrams delivered the best speech I’ve heard live (perhaps ever) a few months ago. Her values, vision, resolve & clarity of purpose are the the guiding light all current & future leaders need🙌🏾

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There are so many people I could’ve included & this list was definitely not inclusive of all the amazing family, friends, colleagues, mentors & influences that have helped shape & continue to give me life! I’m blessed by an amazing community 🙏🏾🙏🏾

We are all #BlackHistory ✊🏾🙌🏾

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Feb 26, 2021
Today’s MN #COVIDVaccine announcement is disappointing & largely fails to move the needle on equity.

I think understanding why & how it could likely worsen inequity requires a recap.

On 1/14 MN opened up vaccination to 65+ w/no subprioritization. What have we learned since?
1️⃣ There was no federal stockpile (as the previous WH administration HHS had eluded) to support this decision.

So now ~1 million Minnesotans believed they were at the front of the line but MN was getting ~60,000 new doses/week & still had not completed everyone in phase 1A
2️⃣ A new administration came in with equity as a priority & recommended expanding eligibility even more... but no new guidance around subprioritization for any groups incl those 65+

& still not enough shots to meet demand = scarce resource allocation

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Dec 15, 2020
I have enrolled in a #COVIDvaccine trial & last week got my first shot!!

But this wasn’t always my plan. I had a surprising amount of hesitancy early on. So I want to share how I worked through it.

This will probably be my longest thread ever. But stick w/me! (1/)
An avid advocate that #vaccinessavelives I found myself personally & professionally skeptical about the speed with which vaccines were being developed & politicized.

So I read about #COVIDvaccine development & listened to @NEJM’s podcast weekly podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/new… (2/)
I also found this @nytimes #COVID19 vaccine tracker helpful

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Oct 5, 2020
“When we fight to change children’s circumstances, THAT is when we keep children healthy. THAT is Socially-Responsive Pediatrics”

@DrOmolara opening up the final #AAP2020 plenary with powerful perspective
.@DrOmolara breaks down common frameworks:

Cultural competency doesn’t deliver justice

Structural competency doesn’t dismantle structural inequity

We need to move to Social responsiveness to deliver justice & dismantle structures of oppression

.@DrOmolara’s approach: bring care to the communities instead of working to fit communities into care settings w/historical trauma

Her practice has been setup next to community based organizations. In collaboration, no hierarchy

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Oct 4, 2020
Appreciate @AMLandryMD opening the #AAP2020 Minority Health Equity & Inclusion program by sharing his “origin story”

A patient asked him why all the black patients in his ED were put in the hallway

He studied that ? & found the patient’s observation to be true. His path was set
This strikes me as a particularly powerful example of why community needs to be at the table as we work to address structural racism in medicine.

They will see problems & solutions even the most antiracist of physicians, policy makers & researchers simply can’t.

Next up is Joel Teitelbaum, JD talking about the intersection of policy, law & racism

First point: Structural Racism is our Nation’s Key Pre-Existing Condition

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Oct 4, 2020
Speaking at #AAP2020 Rev @CornellWBrooks starts by illustrating that #EmmettTill #TamirRice & #GeorgeFloyd are the recognized victims of police violence but that the trauma of over overpolicing is felt by whole communities & generations of children.
.@AmerAcadPeds section on Minority Health Equity & Inclusion Chair @DrHeardGarris has described this even more broadly as “vicarious racism”

Similar to secondhand smoke, vicarious racism has real impacts on child health


Pediatricians have a place to help frame the story around racism & police violence’s impact on child health. @CornellWBrooks cites the impact pediatric providers had on the Supreme Court’s Brown v Board of Education decision.

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Oct 4, 2020
Looking forward to this talk by @BioethxMark on access to care for undocumented children in the US.

There are ~2 million undocumented children in the US
6 states + D.C. provide healthcare coverage for undocumented children (props to CA, NY, IL, MA, OR, WA)

#Medicaid is available for children w/special healthcare needs

33% have no healthcare access

Current options undocumented families have to access care for children:
🔹Charity Care
🔹Donated Care Networks
🔹Safety Net Hospitals

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