To provide the Greater KC Medical Society funds in order to facilitate the Cook Ross Unconscious Bias train-the-trainer program (endorsed by AAMC), to three organizations in the Kansas City metropolitan area. This four-day training session will create and equip trainers with evidence based materials that can provide education within their organizations for faculty, physicians, students, residents, and allied health professionals. That will improve their awareness of bias and its impact on health outcomes and potential healthcare disparities among the patients served in our metropolitan community. The target population are those patients and individuals that interact with the UMKC School of Medicine, Truman Medical Centers and Saint Luke’s Health System.
Trainers who attend this session will be prepared to provide tools for clinicians and non-clinicians in their organizations to improve their awareness of bias and its impact on health outcomes and healthcare disparities on the patients served in the community. Each participating institution will be asked to provide unconscious bias training to a minimum of 75 people within their organization by April 2019. This grant-supported project will provide healthcare institutions in Kansas City with in-house trainers and the opportunity to create a more culturally competent, diverse, and inclusive culture.