Discouraged by disparities in women’s health (and the health of all people marginalized by our healthcare system)
Overwhelmed by increasing levels of racial tension and anti-immigrant sentiment
Motivated to confront implicit and explicit bias and racism in healthcare
Frustrated because you want to do something about it, but don't know where to start
The public health impact of racial bias on the health of people of color has been well-validated, affecting both the patient-physician relationship and treatment decisions and outcomes.
Racial bias, both implicit and explicit, affects our patients in many ways, including inequitable treatment and creating a stressful and unhealthy environment. It is critical that physicians and other healthcare professionals are aware of this reality for patients of color from all financial backgrounds.
Many healthcare professionals learn about race relations (and the resulting disparities in healthcare outcomes) from the news, medical journals, or reading books. These sources often point out problems, and they rarely provide practical ways to address these issues. As a result, there's no meaningful change because people who want to learn more about these topics:
Are often addressed in a manner meant to blame and shame... leading to defensiveness and no open dialogue
Don’t know how to handle feelings of guilt or frustration...and they find that potential conflict is more comfortable and less risky
Avoid sharing what they think and exposing their "learning mistakes"... fearing that they will offend the people they want to help
Passively promote posts and hashtags on social media and wear clothes that show their awareness...without doing the active work would actually make a difference.
What happens if we do nothing? If we keep doing what we’ve been doing?
Healthcare professionals have the responsibility to recognize and examine their prejudices and biases so they can better address the ways that the healthcare system perpetuates inequality.
If "well-meaning" healthcare professionals continue to avoid authentic conversations and uncomfortable feelings about race, there will be little meaningful change in health disparities and equity in healthcare access and delivery.
I'm a board-certified physician and back in 2011, I was dealing with severe professional burnout. To overcome this, I learned some meditation and mindfulness techniques that healed my burnout and completely changed my life. To help my patients and coaching clients, I became certified in meditation and tapping, also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
These proven tools decrease stress, improve physical and emotional health, and uncover ways that our thoughts and beliefs can prevent us from living an optimal life.
Five years later, in 2016, I was thriving professionally, but I felt unsettled in my life outside of work. I felt like the political climate in the United States was changing. There was a palpable "ugliness" in the way people interacted with each other.
I wrote a blog post after the 2016 election, describing how I processed my feelings about this new reality. I was pretty proud of my work... until a friend commented that my well-meaning post rang of "white privilege".
I have to admit - I immediately became defensive. I felt like she was calling me a racist!
Fortunately, I didn’t get stuck in an unproductive, defensive state for too long.
Mindfulness and meditation have taught me that when I become defensive, it means that there's something deeper that I need to address, process, and learn. The guilt, anger, and frustration I felt when I heard “white privilege” were the exact things that I needed to address.
I went on a path of self-discovery and accountability that took me through books, retreats, and authentic conversations in diverse neighborhood discussion groups.
As I learned more about racial dynamics and social justice, I realized that I had lived a privileged existence.
My life experiences sheltered me from understanding what it meant to navigate the world as a person of color, and this limited understanding affected the care I provided for my patients.
As a progressive, educated, and all-around good person, I thought I was exempt from being racist. But now, I was learning about the behaviors, beliefs, and systems that perpetuated racism in my personal and professional life.
I discovered that I may have unintentionally contributed to these unjust systems, both in and out of healthcare. So, I pledged to be more accountable, committed to racial justice, and I started my journey to do better.
I experienced discomfort and questioned my core beliefs as I became more conscious of the world around me. Throughout the process, the mindfulness tools I’ve practiced since 2011 have helped to disarm my defensiveness so I can remain open to learning and change.
And then I met Dr. Maiysha Clairborne. We both knew instantly that together, we could combine our expertise as physicians and mind-body practitioners with our experiences coming from different racial backgrounds to help non-BIPOC people do the work to dismantle racism- both internally and externally.
This work is challenging, but we are living in challenging times.
Confronting systemic racism and fighting for racial justice can stir up difficult emotions.
Fortunately, we've developed some practical tools that will help you overcome these challenges.
We share these tools with you in the CME-accredited course Conscious Anti-Racism: Tools for Self-Discovery, Accountability, and Meaningful Change in Healthcare.
“I struggled alone with the emotions, conflict and discomfort that comes with learning that which we were not taught growing up. Access to a resource such as this to help deal with those issues would have been a great help.” G. Schisla
"Studying the characteristics of white supremacy culture provided an effective framework in which to build out the additional learning modules. This course gave me the courage to discuss race with my co-workers with an open heart and the ability to listen, because I was able to take myself out of the equation. I recommend this course for anyone open and willing to look deeper at their own biases and confront the instances of racism in their work environment." L. Wright, Nurse
“I feel the real life examples will make this relatable and relevant to everyone. This type of work is long overdue…” K. Arnold, Physician
"I was overwhelmed. I was full of passion but too full of emotion to be able to express myself or take appropriate action when face with those with opposing views. I had committed to educating myself but was really lost on how to begin. I learned about ways to channel and process what my body was feeling in response to all the information and stress that was coming in. This gave me a way to process what I was feeling. I am more personally aware of my conversations with People of Color, especially my patients. I feel that by leading by example in my interactions, my personal vulnerability in my experiences and new learnings, and the courage to initiate conversations has a fire all of its own." K. Jones, ICU Nurse
"Living in middle Georgia and treating a racially diverse population of patients, and working with a racially diverse group of people, my own judgement and bias bubbles up EVERY SINGLE DAY. Applying those tools to process the sensations I was feeling when faced with my bias on race wasn't on my radar until this course. I see the tools I've been exposed to in this course as necessary to break down those old myths I've been holding as truths. I don't think it's possible to truly be anti racist advocates if we don't have the tools to crack open our hearts and minds." R. McInnis, Mother-Baby Nurse
"Dr. Wener has developed a groundbreaking journey of self-discovery that confronts the deep-seated beliefs and behaviors that lead to social and racial inequality. Her expertise in meditation and tapping is uniquely merged with anti-racism work to help participants change the way they interact with the world around them and prepare them to make profound changes in their consciousness and communities." Dr. N. Peoples
Acknowledge that implicit bias affects patient care and consciously move towards treating all patients equitably
Be emotionally equipped to acknowledge what we can do as individuals to change the world around us
Not feel intimidated by the strong feelings that arise from the type of "deep work" that leads to transformational change
Empower yourself to speak up confidently against racism, confront biases, and recognize privilege in a way that serves the patients who are most directly impacted by racism and racial bias
Continue your professional development. This course is accredited for 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, as well as CE credits for Nursing, Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy, Social Work, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition/Dietician, Speech Therapy, Psychology and Audiology.
You are 100% safe to try this out. If you find that this course does not give you constructive tools for self-improvement, to overcome bias and privilege, and teach how to be an effective anti-racist...then please let us know.
Contact us within 5 days of your purchase at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send proof that you have completed the first three modules and include the self-reflection exercises.
We will refund 80% of the course fee back to you. Why not 100%? We donate 20% of the course proceeds to anti-racism organizations, so that part of the course fee is not refundable.
7 course modules that include practical, actionable, non-theoretical, easy-to-use tools
Self-reflection exercises to promote concrete action and honest examination of your own practices and biases
A collaborative, welcoming Facebook discussion group
8.5 AMA PRA category 1 creditsTM, or 8.5 CE credits for Nursing, Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy, Social Work, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition/Dietician, Speech Therapy, Psychology and Audiology
What is Anti-racism?
Anti-Racism is a way to describe policies or ideas that oppose racism. People of all races can be anti-racists. We'll go into a lot more detail about anti-racism in the course.
But I'm not racist! Why do I need this course?
Some people define a racist as someone who believes that one race is superior to another.
But when you consider a more accurate and inclusive definition: someone who supports racist policy through their actions, inaction or ideas, we can see that "racist" can apply to many of us. How many times have we assumed racist beliefs based on where a person lives or their political party?
Besides understanding what an anti-racist is, this course helps us to understand terms like privilege, unconscious bias, and how good people can unintentionally perpetuate racist systems in this country.
But we don’t stop there. We give you the tools to be accountable and make transformative change. In the process, you’ll learn to recognize your own limits, embrace where you are now, and make an authentic change, so you can contribute to the movement for social justice in a meaningful way.
Do I need experience with anti-racism work to enroll in the course?
Absolutely not! Everyone is welcome. We'll spend the first module going over core principles and definitions of anti-racism and how it affects people of color in our society. The rest of the course focuses on tools and techniques to help you show up in the world as an anti-racist in the most impactful way possible. I can't wait to share this information and these techniques with you!
Is this course only for white people?
We welcome people of all races to take this course.
We designed this course to help white allies be better informed and better prepared to challenge their own privilege, racism, and implicit bias. In the United States, privilege can arise just from being part of the white majority. This privilege overrides class, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or gender. Being aware of this helps us understand why systemic racism continues. However, this course is not only for white people. The techniques covered in the course can help everyone to process the difficult emotions and experiences related to racism.
I taught this course from the lens of a white woman, with the knowledge and perspective of someone who is still on a personal journey to be an ally in dismantling racism.
I plan to continue this work and collaborate with organizations with people of color to adapt this material and deliver it to more audiences. I included an outline of my future plans for this curriculum at the end of the course.
If you would like to work with me in this capacity please contact me at email@example.com.
How long will it take me to complete the course?
The course has 7 actionable learning modules. Each module includes videos and self-reflection exercises that will take 30-60 minutes to complete.
You can go at your own pace, and we recommend that you go through each module in order because each module builds upon the previous module.
How long will I have access to the course?
Indefinitely! Anti-racism is a life-long journey, and you'll have ongoing access to the content to use when you need it.
Can I interact with other students in the course?
Yes, everyone is welcome to join our Conscious Anti-Racism Facebook group. You can interact and share your experiences in the course with like-minded people. Search for the group by name on Facebook.
What is the refund policy?
If you are unhappy with the course, then please contact us within 5 days of purchase at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send proof that you have completed the first three modules and include your self-reflection exercises. We will refund 80% of the course fee back to you. Why not 100%? We donate 20% of the course proceeds to anti-racism organizations, so that part of the course fee is not refundable.
The organizations that we currently support are:
2. Sister Song
3. Civil Bikes
I still have a question, how can I contact you?
You may email any additional questions to email@example.com.
Jill Wener, MD is a board-certified physician. In 2011, after suffering severe burnout, she learned a meditation technique that healed her burnout and also completely changed her life. She ultimately decided to become a meditation teacher and left her medical job to focus on her work as an expert in physician wellness.
In addition to training in meditation and mindfulness, Jill has also added Tapping, also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique, to the arsenal of powerful tools that help her clients manage stress, improve their physical and emotional health, and explore the ways that their mindset and self-limiting beliefs create their own reality.
Like most well-intending white liberals, Jill didn't think she was racist! She knew little about the systemic racism that affects the daily life of people of color in this country.
Jill's interest in Anti-Racism began in earnest after the 2016 election. She attended an Anti-Racism retreat called Allies in Action, where she learned so much from the incredible women who led the retreat, Leslie Mac and Paige Ingram. At the retreat, Jill realized that she could use her expertise in mind-body techniques to really help people understand and confront their privilege and implicit bias. This course is the finished product from her final project at that retreat.
Jill is passionate about helping healthcare professionals take responsibility for their problems and teaching them practical, easy, rewarding tools to improve patient care, increase the joy of practicing medicine, and take self-improvement to the next level.
Jill is very much aware that she is a white woman teaching a course about racism, and she has worked hard to present the course in the most sensitive, culturally competent way. She is excited, and a bit nervous, to bring this challenging material to you in a unique way, and she hopes to hear from you about your experiences during the course!
You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, join her Conscious Anti-Racism Facebook group, and follow her on social media: Instagram @conscioushealthatl and Twitter @jillwenerMD.
Maiysha Clairborne, MD is an integrative family physician, Master Practitioner of NLP, Hypnosis & Time Line Therapy®, and founder of the Mind Re-Mapping Academy: School of NLP, Hypnosis, & Time Line Therapy®. A healer at heart with over 20 years experience, she is passionate about transforming the lives the people she coaches and trains by teaching them how to communicate more effectively and how to eliminate the fear, self-doubt, negative thoughts & feelings that get in the way of their clarity, communication, focus, & productivity so that they have more confidence in themselves, attract more of what they want, and take their careers & relationships to the next level so they can live a life beyond their wildest dreams.
As a speaker, trainer, and coach, Dr. Maiysha loves empowering her students & clients in business, entrepreneurship and the power of the unconscious mind. Her own struggle with burnout is what originally inspired her to step outside the box, and her frameworks and programs now help doctors and medical professionals around the world reclaim their time, freedom, and peace of mind.
Dr. Maiysha is a graduate of Emory University, completing her medical degree at Morehouse School of Medicine, and her Family Medicine Residency at Florida Hospital.
You can follow her on social media: Instagram @DrMaiysha and Twitter @DrMaiysha.
Stacie Schmidt, MD completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, where she was born and raised. She went to medical school and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
She works as an internist for Emory University's Department of Medicine and Geriatrics, where she serves as Assistant Professor of Medicine. She has always been committed to improving care delivery among underserved patients. She delivers direct patient care, while also working with Emory residents as they care for their own clinic patients within the Grady Primary Care Center (PCC), an academic, safety net, hospital-based clinic accommodating approximately 55,000 visits a year, mostly to uninsured low-literacy patients with multiple chronic illnesses.
Dr. Schmidt believes that effective care delivery requires patient-centered care that promotes self-efficacy, as well as enhanced communication between providers from various disciplines regarding the plan of care. She is currently working collaboratively with colleagues to establish a Food As Medicine Program for residents of the Emory J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Program. Components of the curriculum include establishing a teaching kitchen, hosting engaging nutrition classes, and providing fresh produce to PCC patients with food insecurity.
Anne Kennard, DO, FACOG is an OBGYN, fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine, a registered yoga and meditation instructor, herbalist, and holds a B.S. in Nutrition Science. She is the Director for Integrative Medicine and OBGYN Core Faculty at Marian Regional Medical Center, the author of Nourish: An Integrative Medicine Cookbook, and lectures nationally on topics related to Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine and Women's Health, Culinary Medicine, physician well-being, and mindfulness. As an OBGYN, she became passionate about developing tools for healthcare professionals to examine implicit bias after a 2018 study showed that women of color had twice the mortality rates of white women during childbirth, even when all other disease states were accounted for. She lives on the Central Coast of California with her family and enjoys playing on the beach with her preschooler. You may learn more about working with Dr. Kennard on her website www.drannekennard.com. You may also follow her on Facebook @drannekennard and Instagram @dr_anne_kennard.
Janet Raftis has been playing with energy her entire life, but in 2004 she began to do so in a serious way. She began with the study of Reiki and quickly became a Master. She has since learned Pranic Healing and Matrix Energetics, and she is able to psychically understand what Spirit wishes to reveal to her clients. As a result, she has created a type of healing that is led by her intuition and personalized to each individual's unique needs. Janet works closely with the Divine Feminine, serving as a channel for their healing and teachings, and she has become an activator for others, helping them to access their healing and intuitive gifts through their connection to Spirit and the Divine Feminine in a way that feels safe and secure. She has a thriving healing practice, teaches intuitive and spiritual development, leads spiritual circles, and hosts retreats around the world. Janet came to Conscious Anti-Racism work because she wishes to root out the racism that is systemic within her and so that she could not just understand how she is a part of the problem, but from that understanding, become a part of the solution that is authentic to the needs of people of color. To learn more about working with Janet, visit her website at www.janetraftis.com, and you may follow her on Instagram at @janetraftis.
Faculty and Disclosure Information
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The principal faculty of this course:
o Jill Wener, MD
o Maiysha Clairborne, MD
o Anne Kennard, DO
o Janet Raftis
o Stacie Schmidt, MD
The course directors, planners and faculty of this activity have stated they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
This course administered via an online teaching platform allows for interactivity with the use of a private discussion group for participants of the course.
Accreditation Statement & Designation Statement
In support of patient care, Rush University Medical Center is jointly accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation
Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Rush University Medical Center designates this internet enduring material activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity is being presented without bias and without commercial support.
ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 8.5 contact hours.
Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, speech-audiology, and psychology by the Illinois Department of
Rush University designates this internet enduring material for 8.5 Continuing Education credit(s).
Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge based CPE activity for 8.5 contact hours for pharmacists.
Rush University designates this internet enduring material for 8.5 CE credits in psychology.
In order to obtain credit, each participant is expected to complete the online material in its entirety and complete a quiz at the end of the course with a minimum 80% passing grade. Participants will then evaluate the course and claim credit. The course is expected to take 8.5 hours to complete.
Course ID Number: EN311-0621
Reviewed on: 06/15/2021
End Date: 06/15/2022
Estimated Time of Completion: 8.5 hours
1. Compare and contrast the definitions of racism, anti-racism, and systemic racism.
2. Identify 2-3 ways that systemic racism manifests in the healthcare system.
3. Relate the importance of learning into discomfort about systemic racism to the path towards
4. Create 1-2 ‘next step’ actions that can be taken to address systemic racism in your institution.