Strategies for Addressing Bias and Stereotypes in Healthcare Settings

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Husson University

340 County Road

Westbrook, ME 04092

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This interactive training will provide a forum for healthcare professionals to explore unconscious bias and how stereotypes and assumptions can impact clients and patients from diverse and vulnerable backgrounds. Participants will engage in self-awareness exercises that clarify their own frame of reference and will learn with and from each other different strategies for cultivating empathy and building cultural humility.

Participants will get to know ways to provide more culturally and linguistically appropriate care when working with diverse populations. They will hear about issues of bias and stereotyping in various communities from a variety of presenters:

Community Health Outreach Workers and Cultural Brokers serving Immigrant/Refugee Communities:

  • Christian Bisimwa
  • Fowsia Musse
  • Qamar Ahmed

Health Providers, Cultural Navigators and Recovery Peers

  • Annie Akers
  • Kelly Czerwinski
  • Brendan Johnson
  • Molly Ramirez

Minority Health Program Coordinator for City of Portland, Maine

  • Nelida Berke


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Donna Gaspar Jarvis, MS is a program coordinator, adult educator and facilitator specializing in diversity issues and social justice education. As the former Director of Multicultural Affairs at the University of New England, she supported institutional diversity initiatives on both the UNE Biddeford and Portland Campuses including developing a cultural proficiency co-curricular certificate for graduate and professional students in healthcare programs.

Kolawole Bankole head shot

Dr. Kolawole A. Bankole, MD, MS, MBA is a physician and senior medical officer from Nigeria, a US-trained health policy and management expert, an honor society member of Phi Kappa Phi, and US-medical board certified. He is the Local Health Officer and manages the Family Health Program for the Public Health Division, Health and Human Services Department, City of Portland, Maine.

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6 Contact Hours Available

Click here for details. Certificates will be emailed to participants who attend the entire program. No partial credit will be given.

Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m.

Lunch will be on your own.

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