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Proceedings of the Forum: Addressing Unconscious Bias and Disparities in Health Care: A Call to Action

Premiere Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. ABIM (MOC)
  2. ABP (MOC)
  3. ABS (CC)
  4. Medicine (accme)
  5. Nursing (ANCC)
  6. Pharmacy (acpe)
  7. Dentists (ADA CERP)
  8. PA (aapa)
  9. Other

All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢

Credit Expiration Date:
Monday, September 16, 2024


Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MScMonica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc 
Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Marc Cohen, MD, FACCMarc Cohen, MD, FACC 
Chairman, Department of Medicine
Formerly, Director, Division of Cardiology
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Professor of Medicine
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Newark, NJ

Joia A. Crear-Perry, MD, FACOGJoia A. Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG 
Founder & President
National Birth Equity Collaborative
New Orleans, LA

Carmen Renee Green, MDCarmen Renee Green, MD 
Professor of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
Professor of Health Management and Policy School of Public Health
Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics Institute for Social Research
Faculty Associate, Institute for Health Policy and Innovation
Attending Pain Medicine Physician, Michigan Medicine
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Hazel J. Harper, DDS, MPH, FACDHazel J. Harper, DDS, MPH, FACD 
Founding Director, NDA-HEALTH NOW
Past President, National Dental Association

Otis W. Kirksey, PharmD, CDES, BC-ADMOtis W. Kirksey, PharmD, CDES, BC-ADM 
Director of Pharmacy Services
Neighborhood Medical Center, Inc.
President, Healthcare and Education
American Diabetes Association
Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL

Jenna C. Lester, MDJenna C. Lester, MD 
Assistant Professor
Director, Skin of Color Program
Watson Faculty Scholar
Department of Dermatology
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Monica Vela, MD, FACPMonica Vela, MD, FACP 
Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Director, Hispanic Center of Excellence
Associate Editor, JAMA Network Open
University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Augustus A. White III, MD, PhDAugustus A. White III, MD, PhD 
Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education
Harvard Medical School
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

Statement of Need

Racial and ethnic disparities in health care access and quality have long contributed to poor health, reduced quality of life, and increased morbidity and mortality among racialized minority populations in the United States; and yet, these disparities persist despite major advances in medicine and public health in recent decades. Addressing structural racism that drives social determinants of health, as well as interpersonal biases in health care, is imperative for making real progress in creating health equity among racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States.

This CME Outfitters Newsletter article focuses on historical and present-day sources of health care disparities as discussed in a trail-blazing, two-day, round-table seminar. The discussion included the effects that disparate health and health care have on vulnerable minority populations, and specific strategies to mitigate structural and interpersonal racism to counter these disparities and promote best practices for equitable patient treatment and outcomes.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the sources of health care disparities in the context of broader historical and present-day structural racism, socioeconomic inequities, health system inequalities, and interpersonal bias and discrimination.
  • Outline the range and magnitude of the effects of disparate health and health care on preventable morbidity and mortality in vulnerable minority populations.
  • Identify specific strategies, resources, and goals to mitigate structural and interpersonal racism to counter health and health care disparities and promote best practices for equitable patient treatment and outcomes in all specialties.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant provided by the Johnson & Johnson Institute and the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies

Target Audience

Physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and pharmacists

Credit Information

ABIM/MOC Credit:
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Royal College MOC:
Through an agreement between the Accreditation Council for Medical Education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, medical practitioners participating in the Royal College MOC Program may record completion of accredited activities registered under the ACCME's "CME in support of MOC" program in section 3 of the Royal College's MOC Program.

MIPS Improvement Activity: This activity counts towards MIPS Improvement Activity requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Clinicians should submit their improvement activities by attestation via the CMS Quality Payment Program website.

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Disclosure Declaration

It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and attempted to resolve any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

Dr. Peek has no disclosures to report.

Dr. Cohen reports that he receives research support from Edwards Lifesciences Corporation. He is on the speakers bureau for AstraZeneca; Boehringer Ingelheim; and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Dr. Crear-Perry has no disclosures to report.

Dr. Green has no disclosures to report.

Dr. Harper has no disclosures to report.

Dr. Kirksey has no disclosures to report.

Dr. Knutson has no disclosures to report.

Dr. Lester has no disclosures to report.

Dr. Vela has no disclosures to report.

Dr. White has no disclosures to report.

Noreen Iftikhar, MD, (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Kathleen A. Blake, PhD, (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Jan Perez (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Sharon Tordoff (planning committee) has no disclosures to report.

Disclosures were obtained from the CME Outfitters, LLC, staff: No disclosures to report.

Faculty of this CE activity may include discussions of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. The faculty have been informed of their responsibility to disclose to the audience if they will be discussing off-label or investigational uses (any uses not approved by the FDA) of products or devices.

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