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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.

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Proceedings of the Forum: Addressing Unconscious Bias and Disparities in Health Care: A Call to Action

 

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This CME Outfitters Newsletter article focuses on historical and present-day sources of health care disparities as discussed in a trail-blazing, two-day, round-table seminar. The discussion included the effects that disparate health and health care have on vulnerable minority populations, and specific strategies to mitigate structural and interpersonal racism to counter these disparities and promote best practices for equitable patient treatment and outcomes.

 

Addressing Maternal Health Disparities: Changes You Can Make to Your Practice

 

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Live BriefCase & Webcast | Tuesday, November 23, 2021 | 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM ET

In this CMEO BriefCase, faculty will use case-based learning to connect healthcare disparities, stereotyping, implicit bias, and racism to poor outcomes in maternal health in minority populations.

 

Addressing Racial Disparities in Orthopedic Care

 

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Live BriefCase & Webcast | Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM ET

This CMEO BriefCase episode will focus on factors for disparities in joint arthroplasty procedures and strategies clinicians can implement to improve racial equity in orthopedic arthroplasty and surgical care.

 

Achieving Equity in the Management of Chronic Pain: Treating the Whole Patient

 

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Live BriefCase & Webcast | Friday, December 17, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM ET

This CME Outfitters BriefCase activity will present three case studies focusing on African American and minority patients and the struggles they face in seeking care for acute or chronic pain, with the goals of illustrating pain care disparities and guiding clinicians to recognize biases and social determinants of health in patients suffering from pain. This activity includes the best practices to use when screening for risk factors and how to develop care plans based on specific health needs.

 

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Maternal Health

Call to Action: Racial Disparities in Maternal Health

 

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This CME Outfitters podcast will focus on helping clinicians identify factors that contribute to racial disparities in maternal health outcomes and then outline steps for implementing effective and timely clinical interventions to eliminate preventable maternal morbidity and mortality.

 

IBD/Gastroenterology

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.

 

Cardiology

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.

 

 

Racial Disparities in Cardiac Arrhythmia Care: A Call to Action

 

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In this CME Outfitters BriefCase, expert faculty will present two to three patient cases that will showcase how clinicians can integrate best practices to mitigate disparities in the management of cardiac rhythm disorders across race, ethnicity, and gender.

 

Irregular Care: Racial Inequities in the Management of Cardiac Rhythm Disorders

 

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This CME Outfitters podcast will focus on identifying inequitable processes and pathways in the prevalence, screening, diagnosis, and management of CVD/arrythmia disorders in URM populations; how HCPs can develop solutions to recognize and address biases; and how to integrate best practices and guidelines to account for structural racism and barriers in the prevention, care, and management of medically underserved patients with CVD.

 

 

Addressing Disparities in Care: Assessing Patient Characteristics When Determining Next Steps for Anticoagulant Treatment Selection

 

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The second installment of this CME Outfitters BriefCase series introduces Gordon, a 67-year-old Black man who complains of recent pain and swelling in his right leg, and explores this case with a focus on the impact of racial and ethnic disparities on the care of individuals who are candidates for anticoagulation therapy, and applying patient selection criteria for anticoagulation treatment that minimizes disparities and unconscious bias to optimize patient outcomes.

 

HIV

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.

 

Oral Health

Promoting Equitable Oral Health in Patients of Color

 

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This CME Outfitters BriefCase Webcast will feature patient case studies that illustrate disparities in oral health and practical steps dental health professionals can take to mitigate these in their own practice to eliminate barriers to equitable dental and oral health care in patients of color.

 

Closing the Gap: Disparities in Oral Health and Access to Dental Care

 

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In this CME Outfitters podcast, expert faculty detail the systemic and social determinants that contribute to oral health disparities, particularly the factors that contribute to dental health disparities in patients of color. Faculty also provide actions steps for medical and dental HCPs to help mitigate inequities in oral health and the consequences of poor dental care.

 

Pain Care

Parameters of Pain Care: Mitigating Racial Disparities in Patients with Chronic Pain

 

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This CMEOCast episode will highlight the root causes of health disparities in pain care and identify best practices for addressing structural and interpersonal racism that cause inequitable pain management, to improve awareness of and address clinician biases in pain care for patients from racial minority backgrounds.

 

Dermatology

Call to Action: Healing Racial Disparities in Dermatological Health

 

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In this CMEOCast podcast episode, expert faculty will discuss how clinicians can improve awareness of racial disparities in melanoma outcomes; recognize, address, and monitor their own biases when managing dermatological conditions in SoC; and integrate best practices that account for structural racism and barriers in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of melanoma and other dermatological conditions in people of color.

 

Additional Resources

A Health Care Professional's Guide to Implementing Gender-Neutral Terminology

 

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Using assumptive or gendered terms for pronouns, relationships, or bodies in health care can be harmful to patients because it reinforces stereotypes around gender expression and identity. Until the HCP has had a chance to establish patient consent around terminology, consider using gender-neutral terms to cultivate an inclusive environment for your patients of all gender identities.

Learn more about the intersections of gender, language, inclusivity, and health equity, as well as suggested language swaps in this free PDF guide.

A Health Care Professional's Guide to Understanding Pronouns

 

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Pronouns are the language we use in order to refer to other people. In order to avoid assuming someone’s pronouns based on factors like appearance, we should routinely share our pronouns and ask for the pronouns of others.

Learn more about common pronouns, the harm of assumptions, pronouns in the workplace, and more, in this free PDF guide.

How To Be A Good LGBTQIA+ Ally

 

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Pride month 2021 is officially at a close, so this is a good time to consider how to be a good LGBTQIA+ ally all year long.

An ally is one who knows and cares about an LGBTQIA person. For some, being an ally will be as easy as breathing. For others, it will take intentional effort.  To learn more about LGBTQIA+ allyship, download this free PDF guide.

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

 

 

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

 

 

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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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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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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Biotech and Pharma E-Book

This e-book from Informa Connect Life Sciences is the result of an industry study and report on diversity and inclusion. Focusing on diversity and inclusion within the Biotech and Pharma fields, this e-book includes insights to develop action steps at multiple institutional levels.

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Maternal Mortality, Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities and How to Advocate for Yourself

Learn about maternal mortality and health disparities from two Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists! In this discussion, Dr. Chinedu Nwabuobi (@perinatalcaremd) and Dr. Shannon Clark (@babiesafter35) discuss:

  • How pregnancy changes contribute to maternal mortality
  • What is an MMRC, definition of pregnancy-related vs pregnancy associated death, key findings, racial/ethnic disparities in deaths and underlying causes of deaths, top 3 leading causes of pregnancy-related deaths
  • Pregnancy mortality surveillance system: definition of the pregnancy-related mortality ratio, racial/ethnic disparities
  • how to advocate for yourself and others
  • The Kira Johnson Act

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Patient Education

Advocate for Yourself: Receiving Effective Pain Care with Dr. Carmen Renee Green, MD

 

 

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Pain care is important for your overall health and well-being. In this Patient Education video, pain management specialist Dr. Carmen Renee Green, MD provides insight on why unequal pain management matters and how to advocate for yourself and your loved ones to receive the best pain care.

Oral Health Equality: Getting Optimal Dental Care with Dr. Hazel Harper, DDS

 

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Your oral health is linked to your overall health. In this Patient Education video, periodontist Dr. Hazel Harper, DDS discusses why dental health is important and provides tips on how to get the best dental care for you and your family.

Equitable Heart Health: Receiving Effective Cardiology Care with Dr. Nisha Jhalani, MD

 

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Heart health is important no matter what your background is or where you live. In this Patient Education video, cardiologist Dr. Nisha Jhalani, MD discusses what to look out for in your heart health and how to get the best cardiology care for you and your loved ones.

 

 

Skin Cancer Care for People of Color: Receiving Effective Melanoma Care with Dr. Jenna Lester, MD

 

 

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Skin cancer in African American and Hispanic patients has the highest racial disparity in survival rates out of all cancer types. In this Patient Education video, dermatologist Dr. Jenna Lester, MD provides insight on the importance of checking your skin for melanoma and how to advocate for yourself to get a faster diagnosis and the right dermatology care.

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“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

 

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.

CME Outfitters is Proud to Partner with Dr. Shannon Clark of Babies after 35

Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS, FACOG is a double board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist focusing on the care of women with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. After finishing medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, KY, Dr. Clark completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. During her first year of residency, she realized her passion for taking care of women with complicated, or high-risk, pregnancies and subsequently pursued a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Masters in Medical Science at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, where she is an Professor with roles as a clinician, researcher, and educator.