The Policy Café breakfast series brings together clinics, policymakers, community leaders, researchers and other stakeholders for quarterly discussions on the issues impacting Los Angeles County’s health care landscape. From sessions on state issues to debates at the federal level, and discussions on life after health care reform, the series drives dialogue on today’s hot topics. No podium. No PowerPoint. Just frank conversation.
Despite Our Best Intentions: Confronting Implicit Bias in Health Care
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 SB 241, titled B.I.A.S. (Breaking Implicit Attitudes & Stereotypes) in Healthcare. Join us in a discussion with the Assembly Member 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 Saint Sophia Cathedral (1324 Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90006).
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