Thank you to all that attended or supported these sessions! If you missed a session the recorded webinars are in the resource section of our website. 

 

PAST SESSIONS:

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.

SPEAKERS
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

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

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

For more information or questions, email ContinuingEd@nvtahec.org

 

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

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 population 

Session Three:  Unconscious Bias in American Health Care

This interactive session will address the importance of recognizing implicit bias held by physicians during the clinical encounter, health care institutions, and even patients.  With a focus on the harmful impacts of implicit bias on patient health, care, quality, and equal treatment, the expert presenter will also offer evidence-based tools to reduce bias and ultimately, racial and other health disparities.

About Our Presenter: Stacie L Walton MD, MPH, is a clinical and academic pediatrician who has served as a medical consultant for healthcare providers and institutions for over 25 years. Recently retired from Kaiser Permanente in the roles of Diversity Champion and Communication Consultant, she has provided training on cultural competence for healthcare providers in multiple venues across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Recently, her nationally renowned cultural competency work addresses the impacts of implicit bias and privilege in patient interactions and health outcomes while offering strategies for decreasing hidden biases in both personal and professional settings. Her long-standing commitment to advancing racial healing and equity in communities across the United States is evidenced by her work in national, racial healing transformation and relationship-building initiatives.
Dr. Walton is a graduate of Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and trained at the Children’s Hospital Philadelphia. She received her MPH from the University of California at Berkeley. Read more about her on her website, The Diversity Doc

SPEAKERS
Stacie Walton, MD, MPH
Trainer and Consultant

Katina Cummings, MCP
Health Workforce Program Manager

This is a program of the Northern Vermont Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
For more information or questions, email ContinuingEd@nvtahec.org

SESSION 4:  Best Practices for Equitable Health Care

This session will introduce two essential clinical competencies, often overlooked by clinicians and other practitioners, to ensure a culturally responsive clinical encounter that can help shape assessment, treatment and outcomes including: 

  • Strategies to work effectively with qualified medical interpreters (face-to-face and by phone)
  • Tools for the practitioner to explore the patient’s culturally determined beliefs around health and illness, through applying explanatory models of care

Interactive sessions will follow presentations by Vermont experts practicing in health care and qualified medical interpreters experienced in working with diverse populations in health care settings. Participants will gain knowledge and skills to incorporate practical tools to improve care quality and performance.

PRESENTERS:  Heather Link, MD, General Pediatrician, the University of Vermont Health Network

Linda Li, LICSW, Community Health Centers of Burlington, VT

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

SESSION 5: Building and Cultivating Culturally Effective Organizations

This session will introduce participants to the Culturally Effective Organizations (CEOrgs) Framework, a national roadmap to guide health care organizations to improve capacity and effectiveness in providing equitable care and services. Participants will:

  • Learn how to distinguish individual, collective and organizational level cultural competence.
  • Identify organizational, structural, and clinical strategies to implement culturally appropriate policies and practices.

PRESENTERS

Paula Smith, MBA, EdD, Director, Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Trinidad Tellez, MD, Equity Consultant, Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

TARGET AUDIENCE: 

Health care organization managers, executives, clinical and QI directors, and diversity, language access and HR directors. Health care and behavioral health practitioners, other front-line staff, and cultural leaders are also welcome to attend.

Continuing education contact hours will be available.

 

To read more about the series, go HERE.

This is a program of the Northern Vermont Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
For more information or questions, call Katina Cummings at (802) 748-2506, ext2, or email ContinuingEd@nvtahec.org

 

To read more about the Series go HERE

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