Mitigating Unconscious Bias in HealthCare

Unconscious bias is a psychological process that is instinctual and necessary for human survival. However, we live in a society where structural racism and other systems of oppression influence our unconscious biases in detrimental ways. Unconscious bias is a type of interpersonal oppression and can perpetuate oppressive systems and structures.

Research has convincingly shown that unconscious bias contributes to racial and other disparities in hiring, evaluation, leadership selection, and patient care. In order to address its harmful effects, we must be able to recognize and mitigate unconscious bias.

Advancing Health Equity offers engaging and interactive workshops that help participants better understand and mitigate the unconscious biases that can negatively influence behaviors and critical decision-making at both individual and group levels.

Learning Objectives

  • Define and differentiate unconscious bias from conscious bias

  • Explore the ways in which unconscious bias influences communication and decision-making

  • Identify practical strategies to mitigate the detrimental effects of unconscious bias