WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2020  12:30 to 2:30 PM

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.

Cost to attend the online session is $35.
Registration opens on 11/11/20.
Continuing education credits will be available.
Limited scholarships available.



Session 2:  The Case for Providing Cross-Cultural and Linguistically Appropriate Care in Vermont (January 2021)

David B. Hunt, J.D., President and CEO of Critical Measures will present the business, medical (quality and safety) and legal “cases” for health equity in patient care.  With special focus on racial and ethnic disparities rooted in provider biased communication and decision-making, this session will address language access as a quality, legal and civil rights issue along with emerging clinical best practices.  The workshop will conclude with implications of changing demographics for health workforce recruitment, hiring and retention, productivity and teamwork, workforce incivility and employment law liability.

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.

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, email

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