Promoting Health Equity:

Addressing Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety
and Stereotype Threat

In keeping with the Rural Health Conference mission, the Institute for Rural Health Research is collaborating with facilitators from the renowned Perception Institute Group to offer a training session focused on race and gender cultural competency awareness and skill building. This training opportunity will take place on Thursday, March 30, from 4:30 pm to 8 pm.

Note: This event requires an additional fee to attend and is not included in the registration package for the rest of the 2017 Rural Health Conference.

Perception Institute is a consortium of researchers, advocates and strategists who translate cutting edge mind science research on race, gender, ethnic and other identities into solutions that reduce bias and discrimination and promote belonging. They work in sectors where bias has the most profound impact—including health care.

The workshop will offer a variety of strategies focused on topics including:

  • Racial polarization and our society’s current racial paradox
  • How our unconscious brains operate
  • Perception’s Core Concepts: implicit bias, racial anxiety and stereotype threat—and how they play out in relevant contexts
  • Evidence-based strategies to prevent and override implicit bias, racial anxiety and stereotype threat—including interventions at the interpersonal and institutional level
  • Communication strategies to reduce polarization and racial anxiety

The training will also offer a set of strategies that can help minimize the harm and stress that health care providers and patients can experience as a result of implicit bias, racial anxiety and stereotype threat, as well as strategies to heal from the cumulative effects of these harms. This workshop will focus on strategies to empower health care providers and their communities, encourage supportive networks and promote resiliency in health care providers and their patients in these challenging times.