Addressing Health Disparities: Clinical Insights on Race and Social Justice

In the context of the increased attention in the lay and medical press to structural racism in the aftermath of the recent high-profile deaths of African-Americans at the hands of the criminal justice system, this web series will examine the intersections of race and ethnicity, racism, sexual orientation, social justice and health to better understand the myriad ways these important factors lead to health care disparities in our communities.

Hosted by renowned health care leaders at Harvard Medical School, this series will feature experts, academics and advocates to offer clinical and actionable insights on race and social justice issues. We hope you will join us for these difficult but necessary conversations.

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Please note credits are no longer available for the older recordings and recordings prior to October 2020 have been removed.

Screenshot from start of the webinar including COVID-19 video title
  • Activity Description and Accreditation

    NOTE: This video was originally recorded on 6/21/2021

    ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TARGET AUDIENCE: Structural Equity: Lessons from 2020

    2020 has been difficult and transformational, as it relates to health equity. The dual pandemics of COVID-19 and the resurgence of racist events have led to major reckonings on how health care and society can be more just and equitable. This presentation will share key lessons from these experiences. 

    Dr. Joseph Betancourt is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in health policy, health care disparities, diversity and cross-cultural medicine. He has worked with more than 100 hospitals and 45 health plans across the country to address health disparities and brings a unique, policy-focused perspective to lessons learned from COVID-19 and the path to achieving equity. 

    ACTIVITY INFORMATION

    DATE OF ORIGINAL RELEASE: 6/21/2021 

    TERMINATION DATE: 12/21/2021 (Please note that credit will no longer be issued for the activity after this date)

    ESTIMATED TIME TO COMPLETE ACTIVITY 1 hour

    ACTIVITY PLANNERS AND FACULTY:

    Presentor:

    • Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, Senior Vice-President, Equity and Community Health, Massachusetts General Hospital

    DISCLOSURE: All individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

    1. Discuss the historical context of disparities and equity before, during, and after the Covid-19 pandemic and the murder of George Floyd

    2. Identify causes for racial/ethnic disparities in health

    3. Review lessons learned and key findings around Covid-19 and equity

    4. Review lessons learned and key findings around racism and structural equity

     

    METHOD OF PARTICIPATION: Review audio/video content, complete the comprehensive activity evaluation, and score 75% on the required post-test to assess the knowledge gained from reviewing the program.

    ACCREDITATION:

    PHYSICIANS

    The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    RESOURCES FOR FURTHER STUDY:

    HARDWARE/SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: Windows 7, 8, or 10 on PC and Mac OS X or above on Mac computers with the most current version web browser (Internet Explorer or Edge, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome) for each.

    If you experience technical difficulties, you can contact ceprograms@hms.harvard.edu.

    DISCLAIMER: Continuing education activities sponsored by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.

    PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY: The Harvard Medical School Privacy Policy may be viewed here: https://hms.harvard.edu/privacy-policy

     

Picture of Augustus A. White, III, MD, PhD
  • Activity Description and Accreditation

    NOTE: This video was originally recorded on 4/14/2021

    ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TARGET AUDIENCE: Please join us as Dr. Tucker interviews Dr. Augustus White on his trailblazing career and his view of health care disparities over many years in the medical field.

    ACTIVITY INFORMATION

    DATE OF ORIGINAL RELEASE: 4/15/2021 

    TERMINATION DATE: 10/15/2021 (Please note that credit will no longer be issued for the activity after this date)

    ESTIMATED TIME TO COMPLETE ACTIVITY 1 hour

    ACTIVITY PLANNERS AND FACULTY:

    Panelists:

    • Augustus A. White, III, MD, PhD, Director, Culturally Competent Care Education Program, Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education; Former Advisory Dean, William Augustus Hinton Society; Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; Former Professor, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School; Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • J. Kevin Tucker, MD, Vice President of Education, Mass General Brigham; Master in Clinical Service Operations Program Director, Harvard Medical School. 

    DISCLOSURE: All individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe and explore shared experiences with both racism and equity

    2.. Identify a basis for addressing health care disparities 

    3. Discuss cultural competency 

    METHOD OF PARTICIPATION: Review audio/video content, complete the comprehensive activity evaluation, and score 75% on the required post-test to assess the knowledge gained from reviewing the program.

    ACCREDITATION:

    PHYSICIANS

    The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    RESOURCES FOR FURTHER STUDY:

    HARDWARE/SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: Windows 7, 8, or 10 on PC and Mac OS X or above on Mac computers with the most current version web browser (Internet Explorer or Edge, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome) for each.

    If you experience technical difficulties, you can contact ceprograms@hms.harvard.edu.

    DISCLAIMER: Continuing education activities sponsored by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.

    PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY: The Harvard Medical School Privacy Policy may be viewed here: https://hms.harvard.edu/privacy-policy

     

Screenshot from March webinar
  • Activity Description and Accreditation

    NOTE: This video was originally recorded on 3/24/2021

    ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TARGET AUDIENCE: This presentation covers 1) foundational concepts on health equity, including the various types of bias and discrimination commonly seen in health care; and 2) a new framework for advancing racial justice and equity in the health care arena by leveraging high-performance quality and safety practices to systematically make inequities visible and to address and resolve them as an integral part of health care practice. In conclusion, the moderator answers questions from the live audience.

    ACTIVITY INFORMATION

    DATE OF ORIGINAL RELEASE: 3/26/2021 

    TERMINATION DATE: 9/26/2021 (Please note that credit will no longer be issued for the activity after this date)

    ESTIMATED TIME TO COMPLETE ACTIVITY 1 hour

    ACTIVITY PLANNERS AND FACULTY:

    Presentor:

    • Karthik Sivashanker, MD, MPH, Vice President, Equitable Health Systems & Innovation in the Center for Health Equity, American Medical Association; Medical Director in Quality, Safety and Equity, Brigham & Women’s Hospital 

    DISCLOSURE: All individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

    1. Define core concepts related to equity and health care 

    2. Describe five key drivers for eliminating inequities by focusing on quality and safety 

    3. Identify specific strategies for effectively leveraging existing quality/safety infrastructure and processes to advance equity 

    METHOD OF PARTICIPATION: Review audio/video content, complete the comprehensive activity evaluation, and score 75% on the required post-test to assess the knowledge gained from reviewing the program.

    ACCREDITATION:

    PHYSICIANS

    The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    RESOURCES FOR FURTHER STUDY:

    HARDWARE/SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: Windows 7, 8, or 10 on PC and Mac OS X or above on Mac computers with the most current version web browser (Internet Explorer or Edge, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome) for each.

    If you experience technical difficulties, you can contact ceprograms@hms.harvard.edu.

    DISCLAIMER: Continuing education activities sponsored by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.

    PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY: The Harvard Medical School Privacy Policy may be viewed here: https://hms.harvard.edu/privacy-policy

     

Participants from February 24 webinar
  • Activity Description and Accreditation

    NOTE: This video was originally recorded on 2/24/2021

    ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TARGET AUDIENCE: This session will cover the growing movement of healthcare-based civic engagement and outline the more than 300 hospitals, 25,000 healthcare providers, and 100+ medical associations that collectively helped nearly 50,000 patients get ready to vote in the 2020 election. Learn how these organizations continue to build voter registration access points into healthcare settings across the country by working with organizations like Vot-ER and Civic Health Month.

    ACTIVITY INFORMATION

    DATE OF ORIGINAL RELEASE: 2/25/2021 

    TERMINATION DATE: 8/25/2021 (Please note that credit will no longer be issued for the activity after this date)

    ESTIMATED TIME TO COMPLETE ACTIVITY 1 hour

    ACTIVITY PLANNERS AND FACULTY:

    Moderator:

    • Alister Francois Martin, MD, MPP, Emergency Medical Specialist; Instructor, Faculty Center for Social Justice

    Panelists:

    • Olaoluwa Fayanju, MD, MS, Senior Medical Director, Oak Street Health
    • Zonia Moore; MD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
    • Ben Ruxin, Program director, Civic Health Month

    DISCLOSURE: All individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

    • Identify the legal statute empowering healthcare providers to encourage voter registration
    • Discuss the Dos and Don’ts of guiding patients and community members to vote
    • Review the benefits of civic engagement to the health of community members

    METHOD OF PARTICIPATION: Review audio/video content, complete the comprehensive activity evaluation, and score 75% on the required post-test to assess the knowledge gained from reviewing the program.

    ACCREDITATION:

    PHYSICIANS

    The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    RESOURCES FOR FURTHER STUDY:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5004663/

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128158760000085

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12882-019-1502-z

     https://proceedings.med.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Wells-A200421LW-rko-Wells-Lindsay-M.D.-BLM-formatted.pdf

    HARDWARE/SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: Windows 7, 8, or 10 on PC and Mac OS X or above on Mac computers with the most current version web browser (Internet Explorer or Edge, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome) for each.

    If you experience technical difficulties, you can contact ceprograms@hms.harvard.edu.

    DISCLAIMER: Continuing education activities sponsored by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.

    PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY: The Harvard Medical School Privacy Policy may be viewed here: https://hms.harvard.edu/privacy-policy