As a pediatrician and President of the Northeast Florida Pediatric Society (NEFPS), I speak on behalf of the commitment of our NEFPS members as we have dedicated our lives to advance the health and well-being of all children in Jacksonville. This is particularly so for children with special needs, such as those involved in the juvenile justice system.
The Covid-19 pandemic highlights inequities that have long existed in our communities. The week’s Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Covid-19 report brought this concern to the forefront, as dozens of youth in regional DJJ facilities have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Youth who are infected, others who may be required to quarantine, and staff are all affected in this scenario….