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In this episode Alex Kemper, MD, MPH, MS, FAAP, deputy editor of Pediatrics, is back for another edition of “First Up.” He joins hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, with a bird’s-eye view of what’s in the March issue of the journal. Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM, lead author of the 2019 AAP policy statement on The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health, talks about racial disparities in telehealth. And Rebekah Fenton, MD, FAAP, adolescent medicine fellow at Northwestern University and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, joins the show with a Giving Voice segment about police in schools. 



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Alex R. Kemper, MD, MPH, MS, FAAP


Dr. Kemper is the Division Chief of Primary Care Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Kemper serves as the Chair of the Evidence Review Workgroup for the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children and is the Deputy Editor of PEDIATRICS.

Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM


Dr. Trent is a Professor of Pediatrics, American Health, and Nursing at Johns Hopkins University and Chief of the Division of Adolescent/ Young Adult Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is an independent research scientist and serves as the principal or key investigator on multiple research projects and training grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding agencies. Dr. Trent is the immediate past President of the Society for Adolescent Health, served two terms as Chair of the Executive Committee for the Section on Adolescent Health within the American Academy of Pediatrics, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Sexual Health Association. She is the lead author of the AAP policy statement from 2019 on The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health. 

Rebekah Fenton, MD, FAAP


Rebekah Fenton, MD, FAAP, is an adolescent medicine fellow at Northwestern University and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  


This resource is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,000,000 with no percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. 

Conflict of Interest Disclosure:
Trent: COI (Interaction with Industry unrelated to this interview): Trojan Sexual Health Advisory Council (Church and Dwight, Inc), Research Supplies to Johns Hopkins University (SpeeDx, LLC), Advisory Panel Discussion on Contraception (Merck).

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