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Right Here, Right Now: Decreasing Health Disparities by Increasing Awareness of Implicit Bias

Disparities research shows that even talking about health disparities and implicit bias helps. With this two hour course, we aim to show how every clinician can make a difference, and how librarians can provide the resources to make it happen. Attendees will take a brief implicit bias test (Harvard Project Implicit IAT) and discuss the results. Case studies utilizing health disparities data will be provided for small group discussion.


At the end of this session the participant will be able to:

  • Define Implicit Bias
  • Discuss the negative impact of clinician implicit bias and stereotyping on patient care
  • Cite evidence related to decreasing disparities in care by increasing awareness of implicit bias
  • Develop a site specific plan to reduce the occurrence and impact of implicit bias and stereotyping


10 minutes – Welcome and Introductions
10 minutes – Video: "Dateline NBC: Testing for a Hidden Racial Bias"
15 minutes – What is Implicit Bias? How does it differ from conscious bias?
30 minutes – The Implicit Association Test + discussion
05 minutes - Break
15 minutes – Negative impact of clinician implicit bias on healthcare
20 minutes – Small Group Discussion: case-based scenarios
10 minutes - Report from groups
05 minutes – Wrap up + Evaluation

Continuing Education

This class has been approved for 2 hours of Medical Library Association CE.


Patricia Devine, Network Outreach Coordinator, National Network of Lbraries of Medicine, Pacific NW Region

Class Length: 
2 hours
Patricia Devine, Outreach & Communications Coordinator
Continuing Education:

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