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Understanding Racism in Health Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated preexisting racial health inequities that have long burdened communities of color and the national health care infrastructure. 

Increasing racial literacy, allyship & accompliceship among health care professionals, in order to increase equity in the workplace, and improve patient experiences and outcomes is an essential undertaking for the next generation of health care practitioners and leaders. 
  • Key Audience: Medical students, health care professionals, clinical trainees, faculty, health care paraprofessionals, health care administrators, allied health professionals. 
  • Self Directed and Self Paced Learning Module   
  • Accessible Across Technical Devices
  • Author: Dr. Sharon GE Washington

About the Course

While health care values and ethics have always aligned with equity and justice, the practices have not.
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Fill Gaps in Medical Education Curriculum

Racism in Health Care fills curricular gaps by contextualizing racial/ethnic health inequities; providing tools for naming and supporting racial trauma in the workplace; deconstructing and de-centering whiteness; and identifying opportunities for allyship and accompliceship.

Address Structural Racism

This course guides practitioners, learners and leaders through a whole-systems approach to reflection, education, and action to disrupt and dismantle racial oppression.

Develop Authentic Allyship & Accompliceship

Role modeling authenticity and radical honesty, this course provides learners with concrete strategies for increasing grounding and awareness to engage in racial discourse; identifying and interrupting sources and mechanisms of structural oppression; increasing behaviors of allyship and accompliceship; and decolonizing policies, practices & norms by centering the needs of the most marginalized.
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Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

Recognize racially harmful practices and approaches and articulate how they impact healthcare outcomes.

Leverage racial literacy & increased critical consciousness of cultural difference and context to identify and interrupt interpersonal and institutional biases in healthcare settings. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

Describe historical examples of institutionalized racism in science and medicine in the United States

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

Describe the history of racism in United States Medical practice, clinical care, and education with a particular focus on Anti-Black racism

Learning Objective

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

Critically examine the impact of the misuse of race as a marker of biological differences in medicine

Professional Competencies Associated with the Course

Service Orientation

  • Demonstrates a desire to help others and sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings
  • Demonstrates a desire to alleviate others’ distress
  • Recognizes and acts on his/her responsibilities to society; locally, nationally, and globally

Social Skills

  • Demonstrates an awareness of others’ needs, goals, feelings, and the ways that social and behavioral cues affect peoples’ interactions and behaviors
  • Adjusts behaviors appropriately in response to these cues
  • Treats others with respect

Ethical Responsibility to Self & Others

  • Behaves in an honest and ethical manner
  • Cultivates personal and academic integrity
  • Adheres to ethical principles and follows rules and procedures
  • Resists peer pressure to engage in unethical behavior and encourages others to behave in honest and ethical ways
  • Develops and demonstrates ethical and moral reasoning

Critical Thinking

  • Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems

What's included?

  • Exceptional content

    Access to expert learning content, with practical tools and strategies 
  • Feedback & insights

    Engage in deep self-reflection and gain feedback from DEIA experts to strengthen your growth 
  • Connect with others

    Participate in our online forum, share thoughts and ideas, increase connection
  • Monthly webinars

    Access to monthly webinars on DEIA topics, challenges, and emergent practices to approach healing & transformation

Customizable for Institutions

This course can be customized and integrated into longitudinal curriculum, or training & development protocols. 

Bulk-License Discount

Institutions can purchase bulk licenses to integrate into longitudinal onboarding or development curriculum with multi-year subscriptions and course management access for institutional leader(s) to track participation

Leadership Coaching

Provide coaching to core DEIA leaders, faculty, or senior leadership teams, to ensure racial literacy and equity are part of all leadership decisions and practices

Grow with others

Participate in our online forum, share thoughts and ideas, increase connection, get help with your studies.

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