Anti-Racism & Health Equity Training

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2020 has brought to the fore of our consciousness two global pandemics: COVID-19 and systemic racism. Neither can, nor should, be ignored. On the matter of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, OB/GYN has committed and mobilized the entire Department to learning and improving through the development and execution of anti-racism practices. Below are some examples of our DEI education sessions:

  • Annual Department Anti-Racism Workshop
  • Resident Journal Club focused on Health Equity
  • Exploring the Effects of the Carceral System on Women of Color and their Reproductive Health Workshop
  • Quarterly Health Equity Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Best Practices in Hiring Workshop for Department Leadership
  • Department Hiring Toolkit: to reduce bias in hiring of faculty, staff and trainees
  • Department Microaggressions Workshop
  • Department Health Equity Book Club
  • Department Climate and Demographic Survey
  • There is also a compilation of anti-racism resources in this folder that came out of our initial meetings in June 2020. 

If you are passionate about an issue related to racism and diversity in our workplace, let the DEI Council know. We can connect you with other volunteers in the department who may already be working on the issue, or give you some resources and support to get started on making positive change.



Part I: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Key Foundational Training
Part II: L&D, NICU, Newborn/MBU EDI Bias and Recap Session
The Office of Healthcare Equity hosted two mandatory training sessions called “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Key Foundational Training” for L&D, NICU and the Department of OB/GYN as part of our collective commitment to be an anti-racist organization and carry out UW Medicine’s mission “to improve the health of the public by ensuring that policies and practices focus on equity, social, and health justice.” 



Historical Trauma and Indian Health Care (Grand Rounds)
Presentation focused on health inequities for American Indians and Alaska Natives, “historical” traumas and their continuing impacts at both the tribal and individual-family levels, complex Indian health care delivery system, and tips for culturally appropriate care.



Book Club: Dorothy Roberts, “Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century”



I Didn’t Know What to Say (Educational Workshop)
This 2-hour workshop focused on how to respond to racism, discrimination, and microagressions using the OWTFD approach.



History of Racism in Medicine (educational Presentation)
In this session, we watched the ACOG District IX webinar on the History of Racism in Gynecology, followed by a brief discussion.



Carceral system and Reproductive Justice (Educational Presentation)
Presentation focused on the carceral system, it’s inequities, and relationship to reproductive justice by a staff member of the department.



Book Club on Documentary “13th”
In this documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.



Incorporating and Tracking Health Care Inequities in Quality Improvement (Grand Rounds)
This presentation gave an overview of current racial and ethnic inequities in obstetric care and outcomes and their contributors, and the ways in which monitoring and improving these inequities can be incorporated into standard quality improvement efforts.



Best Practices in Hiring (Leadership Retreat)
This half-day workshop reviewed practices and offered access to resources intended to improve diversity outreach and minimize the impact of bias in the assessment process. 



Cultivating an Anti-racist Mindset (Educational Workshop)
Omid Bagheri Garakani, MPH: Presentation focused on how white supremacy and racism operate at different levels of society and within different institutions including healthcare and strategies for cultivating an anti-racist mindset in every aspect of our lives.



Race-Based Medicine Part 2 (Educational Workshop)
Session included a 13-minute video “It’s Time to Talk about Racism in Medical Education” before breaking up into small groups to facilitate further discussion on race in medical practice and research. 



Race in Medicine - What you see isn’t want you get (Educational Workshop)
Lecture presented by Naomi Shike, MD, MSc, Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington. Included an opportunity to break out into small groups for a more in-depth discussion regarding the issue of race in medicine within our own clinical practices, research and lives a week after the lecture.



UCSF Innovating Education Structures & Self Curriculum (Educational Workshop)
This session involved breaking up into small groups to work through 4 short videos prompts with accompanying discussion topics. Participants were encouraged to view the videos here for discussion preparation. These high quality, high impact 5-minute video clips were produced by the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health.



Mistreating Health Inequities in the Genomic Age: The Need for Reproductive Justice and Structural Competency (educational workshop)
The department watched a Grand Rounds lecture titled Mistreating Health Inequities in the Genomic Age:  The Need for Reproductive Justice and Structural Competency by Dr. Dorothy Roberts followed by discussion.