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November 19, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST


The role of implicit bias in health disparities has been well-documented. Programming, workshops and numerous curricula have been created to attempt to reduce bias as it relates to health care and clinical decision making. Recently, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) incorporated the expectation that programs “…must incorporate social determinants of health of populations into the design and implementation of the program curriculum, with the ultimate goal of addressing health disparities.” In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention delineated definitions and highlighted the importance of social determinants of health (SDoH) and adverse childhood experiences (ACES) on the health and well-being of children. Educating about these concepts is an important strategy but bypasses the critical need to address the impact of implicit bias, ACES and SDoH of the providers who are actually providing the care to this pediatric patient population.

This action-oriented workshop will first describe key elements of delivering trauma-informed care with an understanding of the research behind social determinants of health and adverse childhood experiences. The participants will then have the opportunity to assess their own personal adverse childhood experiences and discuss that impact in their professional lives.

Now armed with their own ACES and an understanding of the importance of patients’ ACES , the participants will learn how to address implicit bias using the Crawford Bias Reduction theory which was created by one of the workshop leaders and used in numerous national trainings. A multi-model series of prompts will be used to engage the audience in the discussion of the model. The workshop will close with case scenarios that reflect clinical, education and administrative challenges where the incorporation of the learned strategies can be incorporated and tested.


  1. Review the role of origins and identity formation in the subsequent development of implicit bias
  2. Describe the role of incorporating trauma­ informed care, implicit bias and awareness of adverse childhood experiences, social determinants of health in education for academic clinicians
  3. Learn strategies to reduce bias using the Crawford Bias Reduction theory
  4. Discuss action-oriented responses and approaches using clinical, administrative and educational examples


Dr. Rhonda Acholonu @DrRGAcholonu

Dr. Dana Crawford @drdanacrawford

Dr. Suzette Oyeku @SuzettePediMD