Monday, February 22, 2021

2:00-3:00pm (CST)

Race Matters: Addressing Racism As a Health Issue

  • Bryan Johnston, MD | Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family & Community Medicine
  • Veneshia McKinney-Whitson, MD | Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family & Community Medicine
  • Chizelle Rush, MD | Family Medicine Resident Physician, Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals
  • Ashley Monroe, MD
  • Camille Garrison, MD | Associate Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family & Community Medicine

Our team of family physicians have conducted a healthcare provider-focused anti-racism education program since 2017. Through didactics, small group breakouts, personal stories from presenters and insights from a community panel, participants learn and discuss how racism influences health, explore implicit biases and their impact on the care we provide, describe healthcare provider role in addressing racism as a health issue and discuss some of the challenges and barriers faced when doing so. In this session presenters will share program description and outcomes, guide audience through an implicit bias activity, reflect on lessons learned and engage with audience questions and comments.

Trauma is REAL: Understanding and Interrupting Microaggressions and Their Impact on Social Determinants of Health

  • Vicki T, Sapp, PhD | Director Student Engagement, Diversity, and Inclusion & Assistant Professor | Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • Rhonda Dailey, MD | Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences Division Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences and Scientific Director, Office of Community Engaged Research (OCEnR) | Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Ijeoma Nnondim Opara, MD, FAAP | Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Health Equity & Justice in Medicine (HEJiM) Global Health Alliance (GHA) & Global Urban Health Equity Program (GLUE) | Wayne State University School of Medicine & Wayne Health (WSUSOM & WH)

This  interactive workshop, will be presented by trained facilitators. Without the pressures of blame, shame, or guilt, participants will be asked to activate workshop tools to examine their exposure, knowledge, and awareness of microaggressions and closely examine self- attitudes, actions, and behaviors related to microaggressions. A brief research review of how health disparities shape social determinants of health (SDOH) will be presented and participants will examine case scenarios to conceptualize the influence of microaggressions on SDOH and daily routines. Participants will be asked to take a pre/post assessment to measure knowledge, awareness, and understanding of microaggressions before and after the workshop. Throughout the workshop participants are encouraged to voluntarily participate in low, medium, and high-risk activities. Facilitators will use an activity guidebook, videos, and case scenarios. In addition, participants will be asked to complete individual work and small/large group dialogues to self-reflect and to examine their own and others experiences with microaggressions. The activities are designed to equip participants with tools to transform their own and others experiences as it relates to being a receiver or bystander to microaggressions. The facilitators will define terms such as Bias, Implicit Bias, three type of Microaggressions and Change Agents. Throughout the training facilitators will allow participants to PAUSE to engage in experiential activities, provide concrete examples of everyday instances of microaggressions, and strategies of how to mitigate bias.

Accelerating a Social Mission Research Agenda

  • Clese Erikson, MPAff | Deputy Director, Health Workforce Research Center on Health Equity in Health Professions Education and Training, Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, George Washington University
  • Margaret Ziemann | Senior Research Associate, Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, George Washington University

Healthcare leaders are increasingly focused on improving health equity and addressing disparities and social determinants of health. Yet, health professions training that explicitly prepares health professionals to address these priorities is somewhat limited, as is research on which training models are most effective. To advance this research area, a consensus-driven strategy is needed to support growth of an evidence base that will inform health professions educators on how to effectively address social mission.
Social mission research (SMR) is research focused on health professions training programs’ contribution to advancing health equity and addressing health disparities. This can include research on understanding the role of health professions education in diversity, high need workforce (e.g. primary care, mental health), access to care for underserved populations, community engagement, health equity, and social determinants of health. While there is a developing body of research on social mission, research has disproportionately focused on the physician pipeline, and even in medical education, questions remain that limit the ability of educators, academic leaders, and policymakers to develop evidence-based programs to address health workforce challenges and advance social mission and health equity.
In this workshop, we will utilize a collaborative approach to developing a roadmap for accelerating a social mission research agenda with a particular focus on outcomes related to preparing the healthcare workforce to identify, understand and address social determinants of health. Workshop findings will be summarized in a formal social mission research agenda report following the conference and disseminated widely through health professions’ education and policy networks to guide future research initiatives, partnerships, and potential funding areas.

Promoting Mental Health Equity through An Anti-Racism Approach to Social and Emotional Learning

  • Shai Fuxman | Senior Research Scientist, Education Development Center
  • Debra Morris | Senior Training and Technical Assistance Specialist
  • Jim Vetter | Associate Director of Health and Technology

Racism in its various forms—internalized, interpersonal, organizational, structural—is a major social determinant of mental health for youth. Associated conditions such as discrimination, stress, and trauma have shown to lead to disparities in mental health outcomes in ways that negatively impact youth of color. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs and practices have been shown to build resiliency, positive identity, sense of purpose, and empowerment among youth—protective factors that can promote positive mental health. But increasing concerns have arisen that some traditional SEL approaches may serve to reinforce racism. To be effective in promoting health equity, SEL strategies need to be integrated with explicit anti-racist educational principles and practices. Through this interactive workshop, participants will explore various research-informed educational practices aimed at increasing social and emotional competencies and how anti-racist approach can strengthen these practices to reduce mental health disparities among youth. Furthermore, we will discuss the roles that teachers, counselors, and other youth-serving adults can play in engaging and supporting the social and emotional growth of youth of color–including changing their mindset from specific to asset approach.

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