Equitable Care: Safe and Effective Care

If you’ve missed our equitable care webinars, you’ve been missing out! Luckily, we have been recording them so you can catch up on eye opening and helpful presentations from our outstanding guest speakers: https://wcaap.org/physicians/equitable-care/
Webinar #1: Educating Providers in Equity & Racism (Webinar Recording)
Webinar #2: Physical Space within Clinics & Hospitals (Webinar Recording)
Webinar #3: Safe and Effective Care (Webinar Recording)

These quarterly webinars have been a rich source of learning and conversation for WCAAP members, and our most recent webinar, Safe and Effective Care, was no exception! We asked participants “What will you pledge or encourage others to do after attending today’s talk?” Some of the replies:

  • Systematically and reliably identify family social or financial needs (SDoH) and provide support to help the family with these, so that we are working to help overcome the socioeconomic injustices in our society that contribute to poor child health.
  • Shape EMR at the system level (clinic) in how we collect and use information like SDOH.
  • Ask about social determinants of health and consider an individual patient’s context when delivering recommendations.
  • Bringing many (participants) to the table when decisions are being made for public health access.
  • Form a parent/family advisory group that includes families from wide variety of experiences, backgrounds and ethnicities.
  • Be more critical of “knowledge” that leads us to believe a higher incidence of a disease process assigned to a race–to become clear how that information is integrated into our differential diagnosis and discussions.
  • Deconstruct how race is utilized erroneously as a risk factor for different diseases. There are so many more ways this occurs in practice than just the ones that have gotten national attention. For example, the errors of utilizing race as a risk factor for screening for Hepatitis B in the US! That is too general and not actually useful to the clinician.
  • Continue questioning sources of race-based “evidence” and scrutinizing long held practices that use race instead of environment/lived experiences of racism to explain health outcomes.
  • Advocate for UpToDate and other clinical resources to at least annotate the limitations of the research they’re citing (if not removing erroneous citations altogether).
  • Think more critically about the way I teach and talk about BMI.
  • PAY parents a “high” stipend to inform and improve care. Eg a living wage plus appropriate inflationary factor to account for travel plus childcare and expertise.

Next up – Webinar #4: December 8th, 7-8 AM: Undoing Institutionalized Racism in Healthcare Organizations (Register Here). Don’t miss it!