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Addressing Implicit Bias in Health Equity (WSU Spokane)

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Addressing Implicit Bias in Health Equity

It has been more than a decade since the Institute of Medicine’s Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care revealed that race and ethnicity predict the quality of health. Efforts to better understand disparities have yielded a multitude of variables that threaten one’s right to achieve their highest level of health. Implicit bias is one factor that is ubiquitous, albeit not routinely addressed in classrooms or the clinical arena. Research supports that one’s attitudes and beliefs about an individual could influence clinical judgment and health care outcomes. However, not all providers are prepared to consider how implicit biases factor into their decisions. Clinicians must be prepared to engage in dialogues that question implicit bias to fully achieve the ideals of health equity; lest health care disparities are likely to persist.

The overarching purpose of this workshop is to strengthen the capacity of clinicians and educators to address factors that preclude the delivery of equitable care. The five dimensions of multicultural education (knowledge construction, equity pedagogy, empowering environments, content integration and prejudice reduction) will serve as a frame to guide conversations. Participants will be invited to reflect on challenges that disrupt the path to health equity and use multicultural education to shape the construction of a syllabus or quality improvement project that strengthens the capacity of clinicians to deliver high-quality care to all individuals.

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    1. Discuss predictors of health care quality
    2. Describe ways to recognize bias and align professional values with performance
    3. Demonstrate how the dimensions of critical multicultural education can be integrated into teaching and practice
    4. Summarize barriers to implementing the dimensions of multicultural education
    5. Design a syllabus or quality improvement project, using critical multicultural education, that strengthens the capacity of clinicians to actualize health equity.

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The workshop will illustrate health care disparities and explore implicit bias as a contributing factor Participants should take the Harvard Implicit Bias Test and review the following links prior to the workshop

A. Project Implicit. Harvard Implicit Bias Test. Retrieved from https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

B. Williams, D. (2016). How can Providers Reduce Unconscious bias? Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KoTi3LRBXI

C. Unconscious Bias in Health Care (60 minutes)

http://www.healthmediapolicy.com/?s=dayna

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This activity has been submitted to Washington State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Washington State Nurses Association Approver of Continuing Nursing Education is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. * 1.0 contact hour = 60 minutes

Questions? Contact info@wcnursing.org

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