This session will shine a light on health disparities in the U.S. and ways to overcome them by embracing diversity, combatting bias, and employing cultural competency to improve patient-provider communication. These valuable tips can ultimately enhance healthcare for your patients of all races, ethnicities, and cultures.
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.
COVID-19, Stress, Mental Illness, and Pain Management: Patient-Centered Clinical Care of African Americans
Episode 5: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall
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.
Episode 1: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall
In this session, Dr. Gregory Hall will provide a foundation of information including current statistics and demographics of African Americans’ health. He will review trust and bias issues as well as their origins in the history of healthcare of African Americans. Finally, he will provide some examples of important differences in the clinical care of African Americans as he sets the stage for more detailed discussion in future sessions of this monthly webcast. Dr. Hall is a Primary Care Physician and an expert in Black American Health and Healthcare. He is the former chair of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, Director of the National Center for African American Health, Research, Education and Policy at Cleveland State University, and Author of “Patient-Centered Clinical Care for African Americans: A Concise, Evidence-Based Guide to Important Differences and Better Outcomes”. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording on 07/14/2021 and they are subject to change as new information is published.
Episode 3: Bridging the Gap: Conversations with Dr. Hall
1. Review obesity and diabetes trends and health disparities in the US 2. Review body image and perception differences by race/ethnicity 3. Describe best practices in the treatment of diabetes in African Americans 4. Examine the difference in HbA1c interpretations in African Americans and related clinical considerations