The topic of bias is increasingly gaining attention in healthcare. We see its effects in the numbers, outcomes, and the ways in which it compromises the potential for establishing trusting relationships between patients and providers. Yet, there still remains a need to define what bias is and is not.
Moreover, COVID-19 transformed care delivery and how it is accessed by patients and communities. As our care systems and processes are disrupted and further evolve, the need to prioritize and address bias in practice remains a constant.
This webinar will offer essential information on bias-related concepts, how bias affects care and patient outcomes, and practical strategies for reforming their methods of delivering care.
- Increase knowledge of implicit bias by defining it, how it contributes to a system of inequity, and affects clinical decision-making.
- Discuss strategies for promoting bias literacy.
- Encourage participants to consider how implicit bias is appearing in their practices.
- Consider what processes participants can change to address implicit bias.
Lee Westgate, MBA, MSW, LCSW-C
Clinical Instructor, University of Maryland, School of Social Work
Lee Westgate, MBA, MSW, LCSW-C is a board-approved clinical supervisor in the state of Maryland. He obtained his Masters in Social Work at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Leadership and Management at the University of Baltimore. He currently serves as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. He participated in a CSWE-sponsored National Trauma Task Force work group that focused on the intersection of ethics and trauma-informed practice. Additionally, he was awarded an immersion fellowship through Boston University to study addiction and behavioral health.