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There is an urgent need to address health-related inequities in communities of color across the United States by providing education and sharing best practices at the root of systemic racism.

Most clinicians believe that health care disparities are related more to the systems of care than their own decisions on when and how to provide that care. Understanding and eliminating unconscious bias are paramount to improving patient care. As a CME provider, CME Outfitters has a responsibility to tackle this issue and be a guiding force for health care professionals (HCPs) around the globe.

This hub serves as a framework for addressing not only the barriers to equitable health care access, medications, and follow-up but also the stigma that creates inequity and impedes care for underserved patients. The educational activities and resources in this hub are designed to shed light on this matter, help HCPs recognize these issues, and empower them with tools to use in their clinical practice. Want to get notified about new activity launches? Complete the form at the bottom of this page, or click here.

“We have an important role as a CME provider to help health care professionals understand and address the barriers and stigma that can create these kinds of inequities and ultimately impede quality care for underserved patients.”
– Shari Tordoff, Senior Vice President of CME Outfitters, a mentor of the Latinx Female Entrepreneur Program

“I appreciate you asking about faculty who we can add to the program that represent gender and race diversity”
– CMEO Faculty Member

Roundtable Videos

Educational Roundtable Addresses Inequities & Bias with Renowned Faculty and Thought Leaders

 
View excerpts from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021 as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities. The virtual roundtable was moderated by Monica Peek, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, and included a diverse line-up of experts and thought leaders that spanned specialties such as orthopedic surgery, skin health and melanoma, maternal health and pregnancy, pharmacy, dentistry, pain/anesthesiology, and primary care. The roundtable incorporated candid conversations that encouraged health care professionals to examine their own biases, investigate the evidence demonstrating the impact of bias on underserved patient populations and create action items for change.  Proceedings from the roundtable will be available via a certified monograph coming soon. View a summary of proceedings from the roundtable here>>

Dr. Monica Peek, MD, MPH on Unconscious Bias and Health Disparities: How Did We Get Here?

Dr. Monica Peek, MD, MPH, Physician and health disparities researcher at the University of Chicago, succinctly defines health inequities and its deeply rooted causes in historical and present-day context. This presentation is from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021, as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

Introduces Digital Badging Credentials: Diversity & Inclusion

CME Outfitters offers free digital badge credentials for education in Diversity & Inclusion.

 

Learn more about this digital credential, its earning criteria and skills here.

 

 

Why claim a digital badge?

The first step to improving your knowledge, skills and patient care is gaining expertise. The next step is letting people know. Learn more>>

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Step 1: Complete the Activity Requirements

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The Role of Racism and Bias in Maternal Mortality

 
Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, MD, discusses maternal health disparities in this presentation from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021 as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

A Cardiologist’s Perspective: Unconscious Biases and Health Care Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease

 

Dr. Marc Cohen, MD, Interventional Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine, outlines health care disparities in cardiovascular disease that drastically impact patient outcomes in minority populations. This presentation is from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021, as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

Q&A: IAT and Measuring Unconscious Bias

Dr. Monica Vela, MD and Dr. Monica Peek, MD discuss the value of the Implicit Association Test (IAT) from Harvard to measure your unconscious bias. This presentation is from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021, as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

Q&A: Implicit Bias and Pain Care

Dr. Carmen Renee Green, MD and Dr. Monica Vela, MD discuss the role of unconscious (implicit) bias in pain care inequities. This presentation is from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021, as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

A Surgeon’s Perspective: Understanding Biases and Disparities in Surgical Care and Patient Outcomes

Dr. Augustus A. White III, MD,PhD. Orthopedic surgeon, pioneering advocate for health equity, and author of Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care Disparities, candidly reflects on his experience as a surgeon at Harvard and Yale teaching hospitals. This presentation is from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021, as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

Key Lessons from Call to Action: Addressing Unconscious Bias and Disparities in Health Care

Dr. Monica Peek, MD, MPH, Physician and health disparities researcher at the University of Chicago, recaps the first day of the two-day discussion on health care disparities with key take home lessons that all clinicians and health care professionals can apply to help promote health equity for all. This presentation is from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021, as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

The Unequal Burden and Unheard Voices in Pain: Disparities, Bias and Stigma

Dr. Carmen Renee Green, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, anesthesiologist and pain management specialist at the University of Michigan, discusses racial disparities in pain management and pain practice in the context of systemic racism and social determinants of health. This presentation is from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021, as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

The Role of Virtual Care in Reducing Health Inequities and Improving Outcomes for Underserved Patients

Dr. Jason Knutson, DO, Primary Care Physician in Sioux Falls, SD, outlines the important role of virtual care/telehealth in addressing health disparities for minority populations particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation is from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021, as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

Addressing Oral Health Inequities that Promote Health Disparities

 
Dr. Hazel Harper, DDS, MPH, discusses the need to close gaps in oral care in this presentation from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021 as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

Promoting Health Equity with Language Concordant Care

 
Dr. Monica Vela, MD, discusses the power of communication in the frontlines in this presentation from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021 as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

Anything But Black and White: Skin of Color and Dermatology

 
Dr. Jenna Lester, MD, discusses disparities in care in this presentation from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021 as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

The Role of Virtual Care in Reducing Health Inequities and Improving Outcomes for Underserved Patients

Dr. Jason Knutson, DO, Primary Care Physician in Sioux Falls, SD, outlines the important role of virtual care/telehealth in addressing health disparities for minority populations particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation is from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021, as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

Dispensing Health: The Role of the Pharmacist in Addressing Bias and Disparities

Dr. Otis Kirksey, PharmD, pharmacist and patient diabetes educator,discusses how racial disparities in pharmacy access and medication availability, as well as pharmacist biases impact health equity. This presentation is from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021, as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

Mitigating Disparities and Biases in Medical Education

Dr. Monica Vela, MD discusses how racial disparities and biases in medical education and training translate to health disparities and outlines actions steps including increasing the diversity of medical students and teaching faculty. This presentation is from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021, as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

Reflection: The Historical Impact of Medical Policies

Dr. Jenna Lester, MD reflects on the historical impact of medical policies such as the Flexner Report in 1910 on medical education and diversity of physicians today. This short video clip is from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021, as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

Reflection: Placing the Patient First

Dr. Monica Vela, MD discusses the importance for health care professionals to practice patient-centered care. This short video clip is from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021, as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

Reflection: Pain is the Great Equalizer

Dr. Carmen Renee Green, MD reflects on the shared humanity of feeling and expressing pain to highlight the need for equitable pain care. This short video clip is from an educational roundtable held May 20-21, 2021, as part of a nationwide initiative to educate clinicians on unconscious bias and health care disparities.

CME Activities

Call to Action for Health Equity: Racial Disparities in the Care of Patients with Cardiometabolic Disease

 

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This CME Outfitters OnDemand webcast will focus on identifying structural and social determinants of health (SDOH) and clinician biases that place minority patients at risk for poorer outcomes in cardiovascular disease and implementing health care practices to improve these outcomes.

 

Disparities in HIV Care: The Mounting Epidemic Plaguing African Americans

 

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This CME Outfitters Live and OnDemand will address racial and ethnic health care disparities among at-risk individuals, with expert faculty discussing best practices for actively engaging Black/African Americans at risk for HIV, developing treatment strategies for older adults with HIV, and initiating and switching patients to ART based on safety and efficacy profiles, to optimize health and treatment outcomes throughout their lives.

The Role of Race in Health Care Delivery in IBD

 

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In this CMEOCast podcast, expert faculty discuss variations in IBD presentation in different racial groups, disparities in heath care use, and approaches to mitigate inequality.

The Role of Socioeconomic Factors in Health Care Delivery in IBD

 

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In the second episode of this CMEOCast podcast series, expert faculty focus on the role of SES and gender bias in the treatment of IBD and offer approaches to mitigating these disparities.

Unique Approaches to the Management of Underserved Patients with IBD

 

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The final episode of this CMEOCast podcast series summarizes the discussion points on the racial/ethnic and economic inequality in IBD and offers approaches to mitigate disparities on the level of both individual health care providers and systems. Expert faculty discuss the downstream effects of structural racism, offer tips for utilizing telehealth to engage minorities, and go over the interventions to increase treatment adherence.
Additional Resources

Take the Implicit Association Test!

Understanding how implicit bias impacts our lives is a theme running through each of the Diversity and Inclusion activities. We all have biases; we can learn more about our biases by taking the implicit association test (IAT). This first step in understanding bias can help us unravel the myths we may have learned and move forward with compassion and cultural humility to help address health disparities today.

 

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Tool to Help Manage Obesity in Patients

As discussed in Racial Disparities in the Care of Patients with Cardiometabolic Disease, clinicians are challenged to understand the role of obesity in cardiometabolic disease and help patients manage their weight. One resource mentioned in the program was, “Weight Can’t Wait” –a guide for health care providers. 

 

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Tools to Assess Food Insecurity in Patients

Over 35 million Americans are food insecure, which is associated with nearly $53 million in health care costs. As stated in Racial Disparities in the Care of Patients with Cardiometabolic Disease, because food insecurity relates to higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and other health conditions, assessing patients for food insecurity is one of the most important tools physicians can use. Access these links to view this simple 2-question survey and other tools available to assess food insecurity in patients of all ages.

Screen and Intervene: A Toolkit for Pediatricians to Address Food Insecurity

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Access the Infographic   Implementing Food Security Screening and Referral for Older Patients in Primary Care

Access the PDF   Health Care’s Role in Identifying Food Insecurity

Access the Website   The Hunger Vital Sign: A New Standard of Care for Preventative Health

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CME Outfitters is Proud to Partner with the African Heritage PA Caucus
The African Heritage PA Caucus is an international unified vehicle of mentorship, giving rise to professional leaders charged with the continued empowerment of physician assistants of African heritage and the populations they serve.  Visit the AHPAC website here.