August 4, 2017

Good Law | Bad Law #32 - Implicit Bias In Healthcare W/ Cheri Wilson

On this episode of Good Law | Bad Law Aaron Freiwald, managing partner of Philadelphia law firm Freiwald Law and host of Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Cheri Wilson, a health equity subject matter expert and diversity & inclusion specialist, to discuss implicit bias in our health care system.

Cheri tells us about implicit biases, what they are, and what it means. She goes on to explain some of the implicit biases in our current health care system, how they affect patients, specifically minority patients, and what we can do to help avoid these biases.

She also explains how implicit biases or unconscious biases affect other aspects of our lives and other cultures and statuses. Some examples include how studies show obese people and people with ethnic sounding names are less likely to get hired for a job.

Below are some resources Cheri mentions in the episode:

  • Implicit Association Test (IAT)
  • Mahzarin R. Benaji and Anthony G. Greenwald. Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People, 2013.
  • Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity (The Ohio State University), State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review (2013-present)
  • Augustus White, MD. Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care, 2011. 
  • Howard J. Ross, Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, 2014.
  • Take the Quiz: Can you spot the bias within yourself?
  • Tips to Fight Bias and Prejudice (in your home, in your social circle, in group emails, in your neighborhood, at work, at school, and in public)
  • Southern Poverty Law Center, Speak Up: “Responding to Everyday Bigotry”

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