Thursday, January 28, 2021 – 1:00 to 3:00 PM

SESSION TWO:  Making the Case for Health Equity in VT: From Evidence to Action

In the second of a 5-part virtual series, we explore the business, medical (quality and safety), and legal “cases” for health equity in medical care. With a special focus on racial and ethnic disparities,
language access and the emerging issue of global medicine, this session will address:

♦ Implications of demographic megatrends for patent care and the health care workforce;
♦ Introduction to the national CLAS Standards and the law of language access;
♦ National best practices, tips, tactics, and recommendations for improving health equity to racial and ethnic minorities, LEP and Deaf and Hard of Hearing, immigrants and refugees, the LGBTQ population, and other non-traditional patent populations

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2021 – 1:00 to 3:00 PM

TARGET AUDIENCE: Health care practitioners & managers, public health staff, QI directors, social workers,
community health workers, mental health & addictions counselors, and qualified medical interpreters.

ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: David B. Hunt, J.D., is the Senior Director of Health Equity at BCT Partners, a national management
consulting and training firm specializing in diversity, equity and inclusion issues. A former employment law and civil rights
attorney, Mr. Hunt is nationally known for his expertise in racial and ethnic disparities in health care, the law of language
access, global medicine, and the new science of unconscious bias. Mr. Hunt was selected by the American Hospital Association, the
national BC/BS Association and America’s Essential Hospitals as a consultant/trainer on health equity and cultural competence
issues. With leading physicians from Harvard and the University of Minnesota Medical Schools, Mr. Hunt developed the nation’s
first CME accredited e-learning programs on cultural competence and global medicine for doctors and nurses, with over 180,000
providers trained. More recently, he collaborated with leading physicians to create a Provider Cross-Cultural Medical Assessment
tool which benchmarks hospital systems and physician performance in treating minority patient populations.

Register for Session Two Here: 



Session 3:  Unconscious Bias in American Health Care (February 2021)

With a focus on the research of how unconscious bias negatively affects care quality and contributes to health disparities, this interactive session will address implicit bias held by physicians, institutional providers and even patients.  Evidence-based mechanisms to address implicit biases will be offered.

Session 4:  Cross-Cultural Healthcare – Best Practices in Clinical Encounters (March 2021)

This session will introduce widely adopted best practices to improve physician and other provider skills before, during and after the clinical encounter, including communication and assessment tools to help ensure equitable treatment and performance improvement practices.

Session 5:  Culturally-Effective Organizations (May 2021)

This session will provide a framework with tools for healthcare leaders, managers and others on the inputs and outputs for developing a culturally effective organization—one that cultivates and supports the delivery of high quality services for all.



SESSION ONE: Unmasking Health Disparities Through a Health Equity Lens

In the first of a 5-part virtual series, we explore the meaning of health equity as the primary lens for assuring quality care for all, particularly minority and disadvantaged patient populations.
This session will address:

• Key health and health care disparities and highlight the role of discrimination as a determinant of these disparities;
• Current national evidence of health and health care experiences by race and ethnicity in rural and urban areas; and
• Three demographic megatrends and their implications for the practice of medicine and patient care in a globally mobile world.

Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health; Deputy Director, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center

David B. Hunt, J.D.
President and CEO, Critical Measures, LLC

Katina Cummings, MCP
Health Workforce Program Manager

Health care practitioners & managers, public health staff, QI directors, social workers, community health workers, mental health & addictions counselors, qualified medical interpreters.


To read more about the Series go HERE

This is a program of the Northern Vermont Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
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