Introducing Critically Conscious Connections: Filling Gaps in Healthcare Education and Training βœ¨πŸ“šπŸ’‘

May 24 / Sharon GE Washington, Ed.D, MPH
The healthcare field has long recognized the need to address social determinants of health, promote antiracism and anti-oppression, and advance equity within the system. However, gaps persist in healthcare education and training curricula, leaving professionals ill-equipped to navigate these critical issues. This lack of comprehensive, experience, and explicit content surrounding historical abuse, structural violence, power dynamics, and the origins of health inequities perpetuates systemic disparities in care. πŸš«πŸ”„πŸ“š

Institutional leaders often attribute the gaps in addressing the origins of health inequities and oppression within curricula to faculty's limited expertise. πŸ˜” Consequently, topics related to these critical issues are minimally included, perpetuating a systemic failure to fully educate healthcare professionals on the historical and political context of inequities.

As a result, marginalized individuals with lived experience and expertise are burdened with the responsibility of advancing equity discourse and integrating these topics into training. This places an unfair burden on them, exacerbating the already existing minority tax, and cycle of gaslighting they already face. πŸ’”
The absence of a humanizing approach and historical/political context in curricula addressing health disparities contributes to the perpetuation of race-based medicine. 🚫🩺
This approach presents health disparities as hard facts or merely scientific/biological evidence, neglecting the psychological, emotional, and intellectual harm it inflicts on BIPOC individuals who bear witness to the dehumanization of their experiences and the effects of inequities in their own lives and families. This omission and avoidance not only cause harm but also undermine psychological safety within the learning and training environment, even . πŸ˜₯🚧

The repercussions are far-reaching, as lecturers who omit the social and historical context of disparities contribute to an environment where knowledge is tested and assessed by individuals who may openly acknowledge their lack of education about inequities. This further compounds the harm caused, perpetuating a cycle that dismisses the lived experiences and knowledge of marginalized communities. πŸ”„πŸ“š

To address these gaps and foster a more inclusive learning and training environment, it is imperative to incorporate a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of health disparities. This includes recognizing the social, historical, and political determinants of inequities and their impact on individuals and communities. By integrating these essential perspectives, curricula can promote a more accurate and compassionate understanding of health disparities while fostering psychological safety for all learners. βœ¨πŸ“–

Furthermore, it is essential to ensure that assessments and evaluations are conducted by individuals who are well-informed about inequities and are equipped to assess learners' knowledge and understanding within a comprehensive context. This helps avoid perpetuating bias and ensures a fair and equitable assessment process. βœ”οΈπŸ“

By embracing a humanizing and comprehensive approach to health disparities, curricula can mitigate the perpetuation of race-based medicine, promote psychological safety, and empower learners to become advocates for equitable healthcare practices. It is crucial that institutions prioritize these changes to create an inclusive learning and training environment that values and respects the experiences, knowledge, and expertise of marginalized communities. πŸŒπŸ€πŸ’™

That's where Critically Conscious Connections (CCC) comes in!

CCC is an innovative online learning platform launched by Sharon Washington Consulting (SWC) to address the pressing need for comprehensive and engaging educational resources. We aim to bridge the gaps in longitudinal curricula and integrate critical consciousness raising of individuals and institutions through dialogue, learning, and application. We are committed to driving transformative change within organizations and empowering healthcare professionals to become agents of equity. πŸŒŸπŸ’»πŸŒ

What sets CCC apart from other DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) firms is the exceptional expertise of the SWC team behind it. Unlike many DEI firms led by tech and HR experts, CCC is led by educators and clinicians who possess expertise in the intersections of systemic inequity, race and racism, and healthcare. Our unique approach confronts the most challenging intersections of DEI discourse, firmly grounding our approach to equity in healing and love.

With backgrounds in health education, public health, medical education, medicine and nursing, our team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the development of courses and resources. This ensures that the content provided is not only relevant and up-to-date but also firmly rooted in the principles of health equity, anti-oppression, and an intersectional approach to DEIA. πŸ’‘πŸ’ΌπŸŒŽ
At CCC, we believe that learning should be a dynamic and engaging experience. Our courses are designed to be interactive, multimedia-rich, and thought-provoking, enabling learners to deeply explore and understand the complexities of issues related to race, historical trauma, social inequality, and justice. By centering critical consciousness and fostering reflective practice, CCC empowers individuals to challenge biases, dismantle systemic barriers, and promote equity in healthcare and beyond. πŸŒπŸŒˆπŸŽ“

The feedback we have received from our users has been overwhelmingly positive, with a satisfaction rating of 90%. Learners appreciate the depth and breadth of the content, finding it both enlightening and transformative. By engaging with CCC, individuals and organizations gain the knowledge, tools, and skills necessary to navigate the complexities of DEIA issues in healthcare with confidence and cultural humility. πŸ‘πŸŒŸπŸ’ͺ

Critically Conscious Connections offers various options to address the gaps in healthcare education and training. Institutions can leverage bulk licenses to our online courses and seamlessly integrate them into their longitudinal curriculum. They can also utilize CCC for faculty, facilitator, or leadership training to enhance preparedness and foster a more inclusive learning environment. Furthermore, organizations can engage with Sharon Washington Consulting for broader organizational consultation to create sustainable and equitable practices. πŸ“šπŸ’ΌπŸŽ―

The persistence of gaps in healthcare education and training does not have to be the norm. Critically Conscious Connections is here to empower healthcare providers and institutions to prioritize critical consciousness and embed intersectional antiracism, social determinants of health, DEI practices, and health equity into their curricula and practices. Together, we can create a more equitable and inclusive healthcare system that serves the needs of all individuals, irrespective of their background or identity. 

Join us on this transformative journey with Critically Conscious Connections. πŸŒŸπŸ’‘

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