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Despite Our Best Intentions: Confronting Implicit Bias in Health Care
Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove
Why are black women more likely to die of breast cancer? Why are non-white patients less likely to receive appropriate cardiac care?
Even the most well-intentioned people hold implicit biases that can affect their behavior. In 2005 the Institute of Medicine found that “racial and ethnic minorities receive lower-quality health care than white people—even when insurance status, income, age, and severity of conditions are comparable.” Studies show that implicit bias with regards to gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, disability, weight and a host of other characteristics can result in inconsistent diagnoses and courses of treatment being provided to patients. The consequences of implicit bias can be life-threatening.
This year, Assemblymember Kamlager-Dove authored AB 241, titled B.I.A.S. (Breaking Implicit Attitudes & Stereotypes) in Healthcare. Join us in a discussion with the Assemblymember to explore how the legislature and health care entities can work together to address implicit bias in order to improve equity and reduce health disparities in Los Angeles.
This cafe will take place on Friday, October 11, 2019, from 8:30-10:30am at the Huffington Center at St. Sophia’s Cathedral – Manitakos Ballroom (1324 Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006).