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A quarterly newsletter dedicated to eliminating disparities in our health systems.

Implicit Bias Resource Guide

Not everyone in the U.S. has a fair and just opportunity to be healthy. These inequities form the foundation for significant health disparities. And while achieving health equity will require systemic and structural changes, every one of us can do something to support that shift.

In this resource guide you'll find: 

  • Seven steps we can all take to minimize implicit bias.

  • A Q&A with health experts about how to recognize and address implicit bias. All questions were raised by participants in a recent webinar on bias and reflect the real concerns of public health professionals and stakeholders.

  • A selection of stories shared with NICHQ about the many ways bias has affected individuals. Together, these stories illustrate the pervasive effects of implicit biases, and how every individual has a responsibility to recognize and address their biases.

➦View the Guide


Two Recorded Webinars

NICHQ Webinar Recording
Pursuing Health Equity: Start Where You Are

This recorded webinar will help you advocate for health equity by considering how bias affects you and influences your actions. It provides an overview of health equity and the disparities in children's health outcomes, and a modeling exercise to explore how to recognize and address individual implicit bias.

Watch the webinar. 

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NICHQ Webinar Recording
Maternal Depression: Everyone Can Play a Role to Help Families Thrive

In this recorded webinar, you'll uncover strategies to better support the thousands of mothers and families affected by maternal depression. These learnings can help improve early childhood development and break cycles of poverty and poor health outcomes that are perpetuated by maternal depression. 

Watch the webinar. 

Recent Articles on Eliminating Health Disparities

A New Study Reveals a Breakthrough in Examining Rare Events

Infant mortality rates for black babies are more than twice the rates of white babies. Limited data hinders efforts to track and understand changes in infant mortality among racial and ethnic groups, and ultimately, to assess progress toward health equity. In this article, learn about a new approach to examining infant mortality data that can help maternal and child health practitioners interpret sparse data in real-time as programs and policies are tested, and then successes are spread and scaled.

An Innovation in Provider Training Increases Access to Care for Sickle Cell Disease Patients

Approximately 100,000 Americans are battling sickle cell disease (SCD), an inherited blood disorder that primarily affects individuals of African and Hispanic descent. SCD causes 
substantial health challenges, including severe pain episodes, acute chest syndrome and stroke. A shortage of expert providers, especially in rural and under-resourced areas, means that SCD patients often can’t access the comprehensive specialty care and treatments they need. Here, learn about a internationally recognized telementoring program that is transforming provider education and helping those with rare diseases, like SCD, achieve their optimal health. 

Health Equity: What You Can Do

Eliminating health disparities and the structures that underlie them will take the concerted efforts of many individuals and organizations. But how does one person make a dent in a systemic and structural problem? Where does an individual start?  In this article, learn more about the systems and structural barriers to health equity, and three steps you and your organization can take to pursue change. Tackling health equity is overwhelming, but this article outlines steps individuals and organizations can take to help make it possible for more children to reach their optimal health.