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Addressing Implicit Bias in Health Care and Research

Addressing Implicit Bias in Health Care and Research

October 29, 2021 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
Online Event (Canceled)
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Virginia Sanchez

Event Postponed

This workshop has been postponed until a future date. We will notify invitees when registration is open again.


In this 3-hour interactive training, research teams will learn how concepts such as implicit and explicit bias, stereotype threat, discrimination, privilege, and microaggression relate to your research team and your ability to include diverse participants into your studies. Attendees will also learn methods to mitigate the effects of bias in health care and research.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session, participants will:

  1. Learn how concepts such as implicit and explicit bias, stereotype threat, discrimination, privilege, and microaggression relate to your research team and your ability to include diverse participants into your studies
  2. Define and contrast diversity, equity, inclusion, implicit and explicit bias, stereotype, stereotype threat, discrimination, privilege, oppression, and microaggressions
  3. Understand how bias and discrimination impact research and patients/families (and everyone) in health care and research
  4. Identify methods to mitigate the effects of bias in health care and research

Schedule of Activities

The training includes interactive elements such as small group discussions, think/pair/share activities, videos, thought experiments, and reflection.

About the Speakers

Dr. Rebecca O’Connor is an Associate Professor in the University of Washington School of Nursing, a Betty Irene Moore Nurse Leaders and Innovators Fellow, and Affiliate Member of the Center for Pediatric Nursing Research at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her research, teaching, and service reflect her commitment to antiracism and furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Dr. O’Connor recognizes that multiple historical and structural barriers in the US prevent many marginalized populations from achieving health equity and dissuades their participation in clinical research, further exacerbating inequities. To address the former, her current research seeks to reduce disparities in marginalized youth by describing and ultimately interrupting factors like implicit bias that negatively affect health care providers’ decision-making. Dr. O’Connor also provides implicit bias training for undergraduate nursing students, interdisciplinary health sciences graduate students, Seattle Children’s Research Institute teams, and the National T3 Interprofessional Team Development Training for Health Sciences Faculty. To address a lack of diversity among clinical research participants, she works with Seattle Children’s and the Institute of Translational Health Sciences as they partner with communities to ensure that future research benefits us all. Through her Innovative Educator Fellowship, Dr. O’Connor developed and leads an annual 3-day Antiracism and DEI Teaching Institutes in the School of Nursing that resulted in statistically significant increases in DEI-related teaching self-efficacy among faculty who attended. She recently secured additional funding to develop virtual reality simulations that will explore the impact of implicit bias on nursing care among undergraduate and graduate nursing students and her project for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship seeks to transform clinical nursing education by making implicit bias a central focus in all patient encounters. Dr. O’Connor received the School of Nursing’s student-nominated Excellence in Promoting Diversity Through Teaching in 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2021.

Kelly Martin is a staunch advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion in research and has served as a contributor to the Integrating Special Populations Program with the Seattle Children’s Research Institute since 2016.  She is the former finance chair for the Black & African American Heritage Network, and member of the Health Equity Research Committee at Seattle Children’s.  Ensuring language access for non-English speakers, particularly as related to health care, is of particular interest to Ms. Martin and she is a long-time member of the Seattle Area Interpreter Leadership Group and Washington State Coalition for Language Access.

Ms. Martin has served as a program manager in both the Seattle Children’s Interpreter and Translation Services and Center for Diversity & Health Equity.  Before joining Seattle Children’s in 2013, Ms. Martin served as a project management consultant for a Seattle-based construction company.  Ms. Martin holds certification as an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Facilitator and construction manager.  In her spare time, she enjoys acrylic painting and cooking.


This event is limited to members of the NW PCI Network. Network members will been sent registration information via email.