Racism as the Diagnosis 1.21.21
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Workshop Summary: Racism as the Diagnosis: Exploring Racism and Medical Trauma as Social Determinants of Health and Effective Strategies for Change is a workshop that explores the impact of racism and medical trauma on health and health behaviors in the African American Community. During the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, racial healthcare disparities have been a focal point for many with the CDC declaring race a social determinate for increased sickness and death from Covid-19. Covid-19 has highlighted the racial disparities in healthcare as well as the continued mistrust of the healthcare system within the African American Community. Not only are African Americans disproportionately represented in Covid-19 related deaths and hospitalizations, but also in mistrust of the healthcare system. This workshop explores racism and medical trauma as primary factors to racial disparities in the African American community. Participants of this workshop will identify medical trauma and federal policy endured by African Americans throughout American history and explore how these events and policies have negatively impacted the black community's perspective on the healthcare system. After gaining a foundational understanding of racism’s impact on healthcare in the black community, this workshop will discuss evidence-based, trauma-informed strategies practitioners and other healthcare professionals can implement to empower African Americans to build trust in their healthcare system and increase desired outcomes in health management, healthcare assessments, and discharge planning. This interactive workshop will utilize a combination of videos, polls, and group chat to keep workshop participants engaged. This workshop will address issues of diversity by providing practitioners and administration with relevant and effective methods to address a historically disadvantaged population within the healthcare system.
1. Explore African American history of medical trauma that contributes to healthcare disparities and mistrust of the healthcare system.
2. Discuss the impact of medical trauma on health behaviors and perceptions in African American communities.
3. Review the present-day impact of racism on health in African American communities.
4. Discuss effective strategies that can be utilized by practitioners to promote healthcare equality and address medical trauma and mistrust of the healthcare system.
Presenter Bio: Brittany Works, LMSW-CTP I
Brittany is the Founder and Executive Director of Matters of Our Mind, LLC, and serves as a consultant for community and corporate leaders to address structural racism and implicit bias in the workplace by providing evidence- based models that promote trauma-informed care, and culturally specific strategies to enhance business effectiveness. As a former mental health therapist in the Georgia prison system and serving as a former supervisor for a community based mental health team in metropolitan Atlanta, Brittany understands the impact of systemic racism and trauma and believes that balanced historical perspective coupled with evidenced-based practices create individuals qualified to impact outcomes in their communities and places of business. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Oakwood University and a Master of Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. Brittany has been recognized for exceptional leadership and commitment to her community.
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