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In this episode Shaquita Bell, MD, FAAP, lead author of the AAP policy statement, Caring for American Indian and Alaska Native Children and Adolescents, offers strategies for connecting with indigenous families. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also talk to S. Kam Lam, MD, MPH, MS, FAAP, about the roots of racial disparities in breastfeeding.



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Shaquita Bell, MD, FAAP


Born and raised in Minnesota, Shaquita Bell, MD, FAAP, is Cherokee on her mother’s side and African American on her father’s. Dr. Bell is currently a pediatrician and interim Medical Director at the community health center Odessa Brown. Dr. Bell is a Clinical Associate Professor at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington in the division of General Pediatrics. She is the Medical Director of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bell is the Medical Staff President-Elect. She is the immediate-past Chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Native American Child Health. She is a member-at-large on the board of directors for the Association of American Indian Physicians. 

S. Kam Lam, MD, MPH, MS, FAAP


Dr. Lam is a pediatric hospitalist at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She is the founding faculty co-lead of the Andrew B. Kaufman World Medicine Pathway and the co-director and research advisor of the Peru Health Outreach Project. She currently serves as faculty on the AAP global health course and as the AAP/SOHM Representative for the CDC Key Influenza Contact Network. 


Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose

Music Credits:
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Theme music composed by Matthew Simonson at

*The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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