Racial & Ethnic Bias in Health Care - From Slavery to COVID-19
New Challenges for Social Workers and Mental Health Practitioners in a Changing Healthcare Environment
Live Online Webinar
Friday, November 6, 2020
NYSED and ASWB Approved for 2 CE contact hours
In the United States, there are disparities in healthcare outcomes among various racial groups. For treatment of chronic illness, such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma, clinical outcomes for people of color populations are worse than for non-Hispanic Whites living with the same illness. For example, Blacks had statistically significantly higher diabetes mortality rates when compared to non-Hispanic Whites in 39 of 41 cities included in a 2014 study. Mexican Americans have higher rates of uncontrolled high blood pressure than non-Hispanic Whites. Asian Americans are 40 percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than non-Hispanic Whites. These differences cannot be solely attributed to race and are more so the result of racial disparities. It is clear that racism and bias in healthcare impact adherence to medical regimens and medications in racial minority populations when treated in traditional U.S. healthcare systems.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led healthcare professionals to examine healthcare disparities from a policy perspective. Social workers and mental health practitioners must begin to explore the impact of unconscious bias and racism with clients and medical providers in order to make successful changes in the healthcare environment. This workshop will address how racism and unconscious bias in healthcare currently impact healthcare disparities, especially in light of new information related to the outcome of COVID-19. Details of a comprehensive literature review on the subject will be included, as well as information on a project that examined the health outcomes of patients during COVID-19. Specific social determinants will be addressed.
As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Understand the history of racism and unethical practices in the American healthcare system.
- Understand the issue of unconscious bias in healthcare and how it impacts people of color.
- Create psychosocial assessments with clients that explore mistrust of medical systems and how to help mitigate it.
- Grasp the impact of COVID-19 and resulting racial disparities in the United States and Great Britain.
- Learn of some of the latest information on social determinants of health in COVID-19.
- Learn skills to assist clients in developing trusting relationships with medical providers through social work and mental health counseling processes, such as advocacy, empathy, and being an agent for change.
Carolyn Hutson, LCSW-R
Ms. Hutson has worked in NYC hospitals for over 30 years. She is also currently a lecturer at Columbia School of Social Work and a clinical instructor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She graduated with an MSW from NYU Silver in 1989 and a BSW from SUNY-Stonybrook in 1986. She is a Certified HIV Counselor, and has written numerous papers and completed presentations on disparities in healthcare, as well on work with pediatric liver transplants.
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