Implementing an interprofessional anti-racism training with community partners during a pandemic: Outcomes and recommended strategies
Knox K, Simpson D, Bidwell J, Lehmann W. Implementing an interprofessional anti-racism training with community partners during a pandemic: outcomes and recommended strategies. WMJ. 2021;120(S1):S70-S73.
BACKGROUND: Motivated by racial injustice and COVID-19 disparities, health care and medical education are accelerating efforts to address racism and eliminate health disparities.
METHODS: In consultation with a community partner, an interprofessional physician-led team prioritized and completed an 8-hour anti-racism training adapted for online delivery during a pandemic.
RESULTS: Sixty-four percent of enrollees (25/36) completed the survey, 98% rated the training as valuable, 92% would recommend it to a colleague, 88% reported it would improve their clinical care, and 68% thought their ability to create an inclusive environment increased.
DISCUSSION: Virtual anti-racism training is a valuable learning experience. Tools for adapting trainings on high-risk or emotionally charged topics to a virtual format are offered by participants and session leaders.