What is Black?

Dr. Ashaunta Anderson: Racial Discrimination and Kid's Health

Episode Summary

We all know that racial discrimination isn't good for anyone but did you know that it affects children's health? During this episode, we talk with Dr. Ashaunta Anderson, pediatrician and researcher, about the health effects of racial discrimination on kids and strategies to help parents address racial discrimination's health impact and help raise resilient children.

Episode Notes

We all know that racial discrimination isn't good for anyone but did you know that it affects children's health? During this episode, we talk with Dr. Ashaunta Anderson, pediatrician and researcher, about the health effects of racial discrimination on kids and strategies to help parents address racial discrimination's health impact and help raise resilient children.

Bio:
Ashaunta T. Anderson, MD, MPH, MSHS is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Anderson received her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at Stanford University, and her MD at Harvard Medical School. After her residency at Baylor, she completed additional graduate work at both the Harvard and UCLA Schools of Public Health. Dr. Anderson’s prior research explores the origins of health disparities in the social environments of early childhood. This work is particularly focused on the impact of early school readiness and racial socialization on later academic achievement and related health outcomes. She has conducted a number of qualitative assessments of early childhood educators, pediatricians, and minority parents with the goal of developing a culturally appropriate way to enhance a child’s education, health, and resilience in a multi-ethnic society. She plans to bring this community-partnered perspective to her new line of research exploring the quality of care in pediatric sickle cell disease.