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Implicit Bias

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August 7, 2018 @ 8:30 am 11:00 am

We invite you to attend a presentation on implicit bias, featuring Jessica Forsyth from Denver Public Health and Hugh Vasquez from the National Equity Project.

The learning objectives for the presentation include:

  • Increase understanding of the context and neuroscience of implicit bias
  • Build awareness of the implications of implicit bias in behavioral health care
  • Learn and practice skills to interrupt implicit bias



Jessica Forsyth
Jessica is the director of community health promotion at Denver Public Health (DPH). DPH is connected to Denver Health and Hospital Authority, the largest safety-net hospital in Colorado. Previous to her current position, Jessica was the program manager of the Children’s Hospital HIV program which served children, youth, women, and their families who are infected, affected, or at-risk for HIV infection. Additionally Jessica started a program for youth living with HIV in St. Louis, Missouri. Jessica has also been adjunct faculty at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Denver School of Social Work where she taught about social determinants of health and social justice. Jessica has her MSW from Washington University in St. Louis.

Hugh Vasquez
Hugh Vasquez joined the National Equity Project as a senior associate in January 2010. He works with a range of school district and nonprofits to plan and implement racial equity initiatives. He was most recently the executive director of the San Francisco Education Fund, a nonprofit working to bring educational equity to public schools. Hugh is a partner with the Center for Diversity Leadership and the founder of the Todos Institute in Oakland, whose mission is to help individuals and groups heal from the effects of oppression, build cross-cultural alliances, and create environments where youths and adults from all cultures are honored, valued, and respected. Hugh has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.



August 7, 2018
8:30 am – 11:00 am

Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center

3700 Blue Parkway
Kansas City , MO 64130
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Health Forward Foundation
2300 Main Street, Suite 304
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 241-7006