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In this episode Elizabeth Barnert, MD, MPH, FAAP, explains why the AAP is advocating for reform of the juvenile justice system. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also speak with Tamara D. Simon, MD, MSPH, FAAP, about increasing diversity in the pediatric research workforce. 



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Elizabeth Barnert, MD, MPH, FAAP


Dr. Elizabeth Barnert is a pediatrician and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles. She provides pediatric care to youth detained or incarcerated in the juvenile legal system in California. She is a federally funded researcher who is working to improve linkages to mental health and substance use treatment services for young people returning home after incarceration. Her research, grounded in human rights and social action, examines children affected by violence, family separation, and incarceration. She has advised the U.S. Congress, California legislature, and the Los Angeles Mayor's Office on youth justice policy. She is passionate about improving health outcomes for marginalized youth through her clinical care and by using research as a tool for social justice. 

Tamara D. Simon, MD, MSPH, FAAP


Tamara D. Simon, MD, MSPH, FAAP, is a pediatric hospitalist with a research focus on improving the quality of evidence in inpatient health care provided to children with medical complexity. Since April 2020, Dr. Simon has held numerous leadership positions including faculty in the Division of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC; member of the hospital medicine team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; principal investigator at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (TSRI); CHLA Site Principal Investigator, Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI). 


This podcast was funded in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. We thank them for their support and acknowledge that the findings and conclusions shared in this episode are those of the presenters alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Foundation. 

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Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose

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*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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