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This session examines health disparities in the U.S. and exposes unconscious bias that affects every aspect of daily life—including the practice of medicine. Tune in as Dr. Chuck Vega provides insights that can combat bias and guide primary care providers as we strive towards an inclusive environment that encourages connection and fosters belonging, respect, and value for all.

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Bias plays a big part in human efficiency but sometimes the outcomes can be counterproductive. In this episode of Bridging the Gap, Dr. Greg Hall will look at the latest data regarding bias in healthcare delivery and how some of our biases have the opposite effect we want. We will then look at best practices for correcting for bias in patient encounters.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionally impacted the African American community. How can you help care for your patients during these stressful times? This session will provide an overview of the health disparities related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the stress that many patients are feeling. We will look at the demographics of mental illnesses across race/ethnicities as well as look at perspectives on the differences noted. Lastly, we will discuss approaches to pain management difficulties in patients based on recent research outcomes.

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You may be aware of dietary differences in the African American community, but you may not know the full story. Historical, cultural, and socioeconomic factors play a significant role in the food choices African Americans often make. Before you tell your next African American patient to “eat better,” you need to watch this presentation to understand the research-based differences in the African American diet and how it has evolved. You will also see the evidence behind the harmful effects of the staple African American diet and, most importantly, walk away with strategies you can use tomorrow to effect change in this patient population.

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Is Racism a Public Health Crisis?

Episode 14: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall

1.00 CME

The past few years have brought a refreshing focus to the interplay of racism and health outcomes in the United States. Now communities across the country are declaring racism a public health crisis, but why and what does this mean? In this session Dr. Gregory Hall walks us through the data on why US communities have declared racism a public health threat. He will explore the history behind these declarations and review how you as a clinician can have an impact on this health crisis.

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Alcohol and Communities of Color

Episode 15: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall

1.00 CME
1.00 AANP

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Advanced Directives & End-of-Life Issues for African Americans

Episode 12: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall

1.00 CME

Literature consistently shows lower engagement in advance-care-planning among ethnic and racial minority groups when compared to Whites. A recent study with a nationally representative sample reported that only 18% of ethnic minority participants completed advance directives compared to 34% of White respondents. Studies in hospital settings also found lower rates of discussion about advance-care-planning with a physician during the hospitalization among racial/ethnic minority patients when compared to Whites. Given that engagement in advance-care-planning and end-of-life discussions positively influences the quality of life near its end, a lower engagement in these meaningful discussions among ethnic minorities can lead to inadequate care at the last stage of life, exacerbating earlier health disparities. There are also significant differences in the treatment of pain in African Americans, as well as the perception of pain, and potential for abuse.

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Connecting With Stories—Improving Patient Adherence and Compliance

Episode 11: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall

1.00 CME

As every healthcare professional knows, the best drug is the one the patient will take. So, how do you improve your patient’s compliance and adherence to a treatment regimen? As Dr. Hall will discuss, the key to success is understanding your patient’s “world-view” and how they think about medicine and why many may prefer alternative medicine. He’ll share with you his secret sauce for engaging and motivating patients: clinical storytelling. He’ll even share the five ingredients that make that story convincing and behavior changing.

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Physician-Patient Communication and Bias Perspectives

Episode 10: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall

1.00 CME

Most healthcare professionals understandably don’t view themselves as biased, especially when it comes to practicing medicine, but recent data show that physician bias still permeates the healthcare profession and leads to suboptimal communication and poorer outcomes. And did you know that bias goes both ways? Patient bias towards physicians and the healthcare industry can play an important role as well. Dr. Hall attacks these biases head-on and offers best practices to improve overall communication with your patients.

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Marijuana, CBD, and the Role of Race in Cannabis Use

Episode 13: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall

1.00 CME

Cannabis use is an emerging topic in healthcare, but what does the literature say? What do we know about recreational marijuana use across different populations and the implications of this on the utility of medical marijuana for African American individuals? This session Dr. Gregory Hall will give an overview of cannabis products both recreational and pharmaceutical as well as the role of “medical marijuana”.