Caring for Kids: How One Detroit Pediatrician Entered the World of Policy and Advocacy

Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Children in Detroit deserve better than what adults and officials are giving them and their schools. That’s according to Detroit Today guest Dr. Herman Gray, who is the new CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Gray is a Detroit-native pediatrician who came to United Way from DMC Children’s Hospital, where he was also the CEO. Now Gray is advocating for children in a different way and he wrote an Op-Ed that ran in the Detroit Free Press last week that called on lawmakers to do better by kids in Detroit.

“Pediatricians have a holistic view of their patients… because children rely on their caregivers around them,” Gray tells Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson. Gray says he is at a place in his career where he wants to tackle tough issues around kids’ well-being outside of a medical facility. ”I’m not interested in making friends, I’m interested in moving off the dime on how children are treated in our community.”

To listen to the interview, click here.