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Deconstructing Unconscious Bias in Behavioral Health Care - Dismantling Bias and Building Equity - Session 3
September 10, 2020
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In the first two sessions we define and describe the impact of unconscious bias on cognition and provider practice, as well as how it contributes to behavioral health disparities. This third session will offer practical tools and strategies for organizations and providers to identify and address unconscious bias and support the delivery of culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS). Discussion will present action steps that providers can take to explore and diffuse personal bias, and further inform on how integrating cultural humility in practice minimizes unconscious bias using a process oriented approach to care consequently increasing behavioral health equity. Goal: Review bias reducing strategies and measures to confront and mitigate unconscious prejudices in practice and program services increasing quality of behavioral health care for persons of color. Learning Objectives: • List organizational opportunities to decrease unconscious bias in service delivery • Identify activities that providers can employ to lessen bias and increase their culturally informed skills. • List measures for evaluating outcomes and build equity in behavioral health

The development of these training materials is supported by grant TI082504 (PI: M. Chaple) from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), United States Department of Health and Human Services. The contents are solely the responsibility of the Northeast and Caribbean Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and do not necessarily represent the official views of SAMHSA