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Home Study: Fall Summit 21-09 - Race-Related Healthcare Inequity 

04-04-2022 15:29

**Previously Recorded on 11/03/2021 - Not a Live Event**

Over the past year, Native, Black and Hispanic populations in the U.S. had three times the number of hospitalizations and twice as many deaths related to COVID compared to White populations (CDC, 2021). The pandemic only highlighted an already existing common trend in U.S. healthcare: racial and ethnic minorities are often at higher risk for severe health conditions and poorer health outcomes. But what role does race play in this trend? Is race really a risk factor for health disparities? And how do we move from being informed about health disparities to involved in dismantling systems that exacerbate health inequity? In recent years, the narrative around race-related health disparities has shifted. Rather than examining race as a risk factor for worsened health outcomes, the healthcare lens is focusing on racism in healthcare systems and inequities across social determinants of health as the leading drivers of health disparities. More importantly, this lens puts the onus on healthcare providers and leaders to examine whether patients are well-served through existing structures in their healthcare systems. Aligning with this shift, this session will examine health disparities and health inequity in the American healthcare system, specifically focusing on the roles that social determinants of health and experiences of racism play.

Dr. Rola Aamar completed her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University, where she focused her clinical research on vulnerable populations and the importance of treatment alliance between patients, the family, and healthcare providers. Dr. Aamar was a SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program fellow from 2014-2015. She has years of behavioral health clinical experience working with multidisciplinary healthcare teams in primary and specialty treatment where she implemented clinical protocols to address social and relational barriers of care. She is currently the clinical effectiveness consultant at Relias for population health, bringing her clinical and operational knowledge of integrated care, clinical research, and behavioral healthcare to support client use of population performance data to improve clinical performance and patient health outcomes. In this role, she provides clinically informed, data-driven consulting to clients to promote performance improvement.


AMHCA will provide 1.0 CE total after viewing and completing the accompanying quiz with a passing grade (80% or higher). American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has been approved to provide continuing education by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. All sales are final - home study registrations are non-refundable.


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