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The pediatrician as advocate: Rhea Boyd on making clinical work about community needs

"That idea of a pediatrician as not just a doctor, but an advocate, solidified in my mind as a young person. I can't actually remember wanting to be anything else," said Rhea Boyd.

Rhea Boyd

Boyd, a pediatrician, is a tireless advocate for children’s health, especially when it comes to providing a voice for marginalized communities. She studies, writes, and teaches about the health impacts of harmful policing and child poverty, and helped the Academic Pediatric Association develop a national child poverty curriculum. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Boyd…

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A user’s guide: How to talk to those hesitant about the Covid-19 vaccine

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