Returning Race to the Clinical Dialogue: Maximizing use of Ethnoracial Demographics in Clinical Care
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET
Presenter: Constance E. Dunlap, MD, DFAPA
Description: Just as we have begun to acknowledge the role, relevance, and reality of racial bias and racism and their impact on clinical care, medical students, residents and fellows are being encouraged to omit racial demographics in oral and written clinical reports. This is ostensibly done to prevent biased medical decisions and compromised medical treatment. However, omission of rich identifying information and avoidance of the topic has the paradoxical effect of reinforcing unconscious bias and comprising clinical care. What is not acknowledged is not examined. Furthermore, silent disregard of ethnoracial data carries the risk of devaluing clinical material that conveys rich cultural history, healthy coping mechanisms, and sources of support that help us to understand how a patient navigates a world shaped by race and racism. Avoidance of race does not promote better treatment. Elimination of bias and racism in clinical practice begins with the ability to speak honestly and forthrightly about a patient’s identity. This is best achieved by having a conversation about race with the patient, not simply about the patient.
Racism is an Addiction. Racism is Trauma. How Do We Use Existing Skills & Knowledge to Drive Equity?
Presenter: Dr. Nzinga Harrison
Description: Often, individuals and systems feel overwhelmed at the magnitude of the problem of racism, with a sense of not knowing what to do. As behavioral health clinicians, administrators and executives, we have a unique skillset that has prepared us to impact health disparities experienced by Black communities by driving ourselves, programs, organizations and systems towards equity in behavioral health services. This webinar will conceptualize racism as an addiction and trauma, and posit discreet interventions used in addiction treatment and trauma-informed systems that can be applied to health equity work in the behavioral health space.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the parallels between racism and addiction
2. Understand racim as a trauma
3. Understand the impact of racism on health
4. Apply evidence-based strategies from addiction treatement and trauma-informed care to mitigate the effects of racism on health and healthcare
5. Initiate conversations about racism and health
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