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Let’s talk about race: Conversation resources for healthcare professionals

In CHG’s recent webinar with Health eCareers, Listen. Learn. Act. Moving from discussions to solutions, our expert panelists shared insights on diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare. As part of the discussion, they recommended resources for conversations on race, helping healthcare leaders better understand the history of racial inequality across the country and within our organizations.

We’re sharing those recommendations – plus a few of our own – below. But this list is far from complete. Please share in the comments the podcasts, videos, books, and social media feeds that can help healthcare leaders become more aware.

Books

  • So You Want to Talk about Race – Ijeoma Oluo
  • Erasing Institutional Bias and Subtle Acts of Exclusion – Tiffany Jana

“Tiffany Jana has written many books about overcoming bias through building authentic relationships across differences,” says Aisha DeBerry, AAPPR board secretary and Atlantic group director of physician and provider recruitment at Bon Secours Mercy Healthcare. “So, I’m a huge fan. They’re easy reads and I think she has them on sale now. There are so many resources, but these are definitely the resources that I follow.”

  • The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table – Minda Harts
  • What I Know for Sure – Oprah Winfrey

“As people are trying to navigate through this time to do the work, know that there are also resources for Black women or people who are curious about some of the messages people are getting,” says Jackye Clayton, director of customer success at Hiring Solved. “The Memo is about how to talk to people about getting a place at the table. And then I’d recommend one of my favorites, What I Know for Sure. Because as this is happening and people are doing the work, it becomes a heavier burden for us to handle. It’s going to get harder before it gets easier.”

  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin DiAngelo
  • How to Be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility and How to Be an Antiracist are two books I’ve been reading that are really good in forming discussions,” says Maggie vanSchaayk, Advisory Board researcher.

Web resources

“I like [Antiracism Resources for White-led organizations] because it gives people different ways to learn more about what’s going on,” says Clayton. “There are books, podcasts, ways of talking to children, articles, movies, videos, so that you really learn in the way that’s most comfortable for you. And it also has a lot of organizations and a lot of resources even within Instagram, so you can kind of keep a pulse on it. I think there’s something there for everyone.”

“I would encourage everyone to visit AAFP’s website,” says Danielle Jones, director of diversity and health equity with American Academy of Family Physicians. “That’s where we keep all our policies on implicit bias, birth equity, race-based medicine, and institutional racism – and education. So, if you’re looking for some CME units, you can check out education that aligns with a lot AAFP’s policies, our diversity and inclusion work, and the policies and education needed to change practice. There are practice tools for folks to use in the clinical setting and to also engage with the community around advocacy – to start putting in place some of the things which can change the dynamic of our healthcare system.”

Movies and documentaries

“Two podcasts that I’ve been listening to are All My Relations, which talks about Native Americans and their experience, and then Latinos Who Lunch, which goes into Latin experience and the intersectionality of being Latino and queer,” says vanSchaayk.

Social media resources for conversations on race

These are just some of the resources for conversations on race healthcare leaders can use to educate themselves and spark beneficial change within their organizations, but please share your own recommendations by leaving a comment below. By better understanding the experiences of Black employees, organizations can begin to cultivate more diverse and inclusive cultures that benefit their people, business, and communities in the long run.

For more insights from Clayton, DeBerry, Jones, and vanSchaayk on diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare, watch the recording of our webinar with Health eCareers.Whatever your facility’s goals are in the coming months, CHG can provide you with the doctors, nurses, and allied professionals you need to provide the best care for your community. Contact us by phone at 866.588.5996 or email at ecs.contact@chghealthcare.com.

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Liz Van Halsema

Liz Van Halsema is a communications specialist at CHG Healthcare. When she’s not writing about CHG’s culture and news, she can be found running one of Utah’s many trails.

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