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Considerations on Racism, Implicit Bias and Improving Care for Maternal and Infant Providers – October 12 & 13, 2021

October 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am - October 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm PDT


Dr. Sayida Peprah

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2021 | 9:00AM – 11:00AM PDT via Zoom

African American, Native American and Alaska Native women are reported to be more than 2-3x more likely to die from causes related to pregnancy, compared to white women in the United States (CDC, 2019). Studies have further revealed that even when socio-economic factors are controlled for, the disparities remain significant. Race- related stressors have been linked to negative maternal health outcomes. Of the many race-related stressors that exist for pregnant persons, the experience of being under the care of a provider who lacks cultural sensitivity, humility, congruence and competence has been identified as a compounding stressor and trigger during pregnancy. Additionally, lack of provider knowledge regarding historical traumas and racism, and the impacts these have on mental and physical health, prevents them from adequately addressing the needs of patients and clients. This presentation will focus on increasing the sensitivity and humility of providers, to promote the establishment of trauma-free, supportive care and service environments for communities who have been affected by transgenerational/historical trauma. The audience will be taken on a journey through historical traumas affecting African Americans, Native Americans and Immigrant communities. There will be a dissection of both the mental and physical health impacts of transgenerational/historical trauma. There will also be an exploration of the resilience and strengths evidenced by the various group’s survival through the generations.

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Describe how historical trauma and racism has impacted maternal/perinatal health outcomes in communities of color.
2. Detect, identify and assess for significant coping vulnerabilities and strengths among communities of color which can impact maternal/perinatal mental and physical health.
3. Construct support strategies and interventions for pregnant, birthing and postpartum clients from communities of color.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2021 | 9:00AM – 12:00PM PDT via Zoom

Studies have identified implicit bias as a potential contributor to disparities in the outcome of marginalized and minority communities. Mitigating implicit bias among care and service providers and leaders has been identified as a strategy to improve client/patient experiences, communication and overall quality of care and services. This interactive and self-reflective training will focus on increasing the cultural competence,
sensitivity and humility and broadening participant’s awareness of their own implicit bias (subtle, unconscious assumptions about others) and equip them with tools to engage with pregnant, birthing and postpartum people of color, in more open, respectful and empathetic ways. Recommendations for providing services, care and treatment will be offered.

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Define cultural humility, implicit and explicit bias
2. Identify and use strategies for dismantling and/or reducing
implicit/unconscious bias in early childhood services
3. Identify and assess personal implicit biases (subtle, unconscious,
4. Utilize techniques to engage with individuals from marginalized and minority
communities with cultural humility and awareness.

Continuing Education:
This workshop is available for 4.5 contact hours. A separate fee of $45 is payable on the Continuing Nursing Education website.

Refund Policy:
If you register for this event but are unable to attend, you may obtain a refund of the fee less $15.00 for handling. Requests must be made via email (pcrp@uw.edu) and received prior to September 30, 2021.

Find out more about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Washington School of Nursing.

See Dr. Peprah’s Bio here.


October 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am PDT
October 13, 2021 @ 12:00 pm PDT




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