June Hopkins Health Equity Discussion Group: Juneteenth Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Training

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Co-hosted by the SOBA Health Equity Discussion Group; Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity; Howard University College of Medicine Alumni Association; and the National Medical Association.

Beyond Performative Allyship: Using Empathy as a Bias Mitigation Strategy

This interactive session will provide an overview of the concept of choice points and sharing power as a means for engaging in non-performative allyship. Participants will do a deep dive into the practice of empathy as bias mitigation strategy through a video case study and breakout room discussions.

Following the session, participants will be able to:​

  • Describe choice points and sharing power to engage in non-performative allyship
  • Recognize the impact of an individual’s lived experience on the clinical encounter​
  • Identify behaviors perceived as aligned with implicit bias and empathy​
  • Practice perspective taking​
  • Develop strategies to recognize and mitigate implicit bias in clinical settings

The Hopkins Health Equity Group meets at noon on the first Thursday of each month. We look forward to you joining the conversation!

ABOUT Kim C. D’Abreu
President & CEO, Diversity Dimensions Consulting, LLC, Co-founder & Principal, Partners for Racial Equity

Kim is a seasoned leader in the non-profit space who brings 25 years of experience designing and managing national, impactful, workforce diversity and inclusion programs. As a credible thought leader within the education, healthcare, and non-profit sectors, she has built an impeccable reputation for managing the culture and complexities of environments.
Her expertise includes effectively developing tools, strategies, and written resources focused on climate and cultural competency as a means to promote the success of women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT communities, and other marginalized groups. She is trained as an executive coach, and, as such, is an effective communicator with high emotional intelligence. She has a wealth of experience connecting with nonprofit leaders, foundations, and health and education executives to explore new opportunities for addressing social equity issues in our society.
Kim became a coach after she realized how much she enjoys “being a partner in other’s transformations.”  As a leadership coach and facilitator, she helps clients tap into their ability for inner and collective change. She believes we can all live in service and compassion to one another, to contribute to something larger than ourselves, and ultimately to create a more just and equitable space for all.
Kim is also former co-host of the (In)Visible Women Podcast, a bimonthly platform to discuss the intersection of appearance, diversity, and inclusion and explores how they impact the lives and careers of women of color. Kim is passionate about enabling leaders and organizations to live into the fullest versions of themselves for the sake of positive change in communities and organizations.
Kim is certified in facilitation by the Leadership Strategies Institute and in The Leadership Circle 360™Profile. She obtained her Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University with a PCC Certification and holds a BS from The Johns Hopkins University and MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
As a New York transplant living in Washington, DC, Kim spends her spare time enjoying live music and theater and relaxing with her daughter and two cats Brook & Lyn.

ABOUT Jennifer Reeves
Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, National Capital Region Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity

Jennifer Reeves has over 12 years of experience pursuing her passion to even the playing field and stand up for those whose voices have historically and continuously been suppressed. Her passion to help others have sustained her in continuing to do the work her field of diversity, equity and inclusion. Her experience in non-profit and healthcare run the gamut of multifaceted diversity, inclusion and health equity efforts that span the areas of workforce, workplace, community, and economic inclusion work. In the past, she has brought her skills and experiences for organizations like the American Red Cross, Human Rights Campaign and Kaiser Permanente. She is currently leading diversity, inclusion and health equity efforts for the Johns Hopkins Medicine’s National Capital Region as diversity consultant. In this role, she provides strategic guidance on diversity, inclusion and healthy equity efforts for the senior executive leaders of the region to ensure that it is strategically aligned with the larger JHM and Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity.

ABOUT Bill Thomas
Program Manager, Diversity, Inclusion & Health Equity Training and Education Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity

A Diversity and Inclusion practitioner with international perspective, Bill has consulted in a variety of locations around the world to support the effectiveness of teams, leaders, and organizations.  As Program Manager for Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity Training and Education  for Johns Hopkins Health System, Bill diagnoses diversity challenges and collaboratively creates strategies to address to them, bringing teams to optimal performance. 
With a long career as an independent consultant, Bill has designed and facilitated diversity training sessions with a wide variety of leaders and groups both in the US and abroad.  He brings to all his work a deep commitment to the vision of open and inclusive organizations where members feel a deep sense of belonging, With a sensitivity to diversity and human dynamics, Bill has designed and delivered multiple sessions on unconscious bias and microaggressions.  He has been an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Behavioral Science, as well as a Director of the Family Counseling Training Program at St. Mary’s Seminary and University. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at American University DC, presenting a graduate course in Domestic and International Diversity in Organizations for the MSOD program.
Bill has advanced training in Group Dynamics, Management and Organization Development, Dealing with dDfferences ,and Experiential Education from NTL Institute, the Mid‑Atlantic Association for Training and Consulting, the Center for Creative Leadership, the Center for the Application of Psychological Type, and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.  He holds an MA in comparative literature, as well as doctoral level graduate studies in Organization Development. In 2019 he received the Edward Nelson award for Lifetime Achievement in Organization Development.

He has contributed articles on Leadership and Group Development to books published by the Alban Institute and the American Management Institute. He has made presentations on cultural diversity at both national and international conferences.

ABOUT Cheri Wilson
Program Director, Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity

Cheri C. Wilson received a BA in Russian from Howard University, an MA in Russian Area Studies from the University of Minnesota, was a PhD candidate (ABD) in Russian history at the University of Minnesota, and received an MHS in Health Finance and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is multilingual—fluent in Russian, speaks French and Spanish with a reading knowledge of German. Ms. Wilson is a nationally recognized diversity and inclusion, cultural and linguistic competence, and health equity subject matter expert. She currently serves as Program Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity (JHM ODIHE). Previously, she served as the Program Manager for Education, Training, and Scholarship in the JHM ODIHE, was a Senior Research Scientist in the Health Determinants & Disparities Practice at General Dynamics Information Technology, the Director, Corporate Office of Diversity & Inclusion at RWJ Barnabas Health in New Jersey, an Assistant Scientist in the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), and an Acting Assistant Director of the Quality Improvement Department at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ms. Wilson is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), a Past President of the Maryland Association for Healthcare Quality, and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Ms. Wilson was a member of the Health Disparities Subcommittee, Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the SB340- University of Maryland, School of Public Health, Center for Health Equity - Workgroup for Health in all Policies, the Leadership Council of the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, the Steering Committee of the Commission to End Health Care Disparities (CEHCD), where she chaired the Patient Level Data Collection Reporting and Use Workgroup, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Maryland Health Disparities Collaborative, where she served on three workgroups, the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council (MHQCC), Cultural and Linguistic Competency Workgroup, and the Maryland Health Care Commission Maryland Medical Care Database Workgroup for Reporting Utilization by Race, Ethnicity, and Language. In addition, Ms.
Wilson co-chaired the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) and was a reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Communication and Dissemination Research panel.
She educates clinical and support staff in healthcare, health, behavioral health, human and social service organizations, public health, medical, and nursing students, K- 12 students as well as community members. She has presented at international, national, state, and local conferences on the issues of cultural and linguistic competence, unconscious/implicit bias, overcoming language barriers, health and healthcare disparities, health equity, and the social determinants of health. The focus of her work is primarily upon the intersection between cultural competence, health and healthcare disparities, health equity and patient safety and healthcare quality. Ms. Wilson is particularly interested in health and healthcare disparities and health equity as they relate to racial/ethnic, language, and gender and sexual minorities and the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate patient-centered care in language understandable to all patients.

ABOUT Deidre Defoe
MD, Public Health '95

Health Equity Discussion Group Founder 

ABOUT Nfr KaRaa (Karen Drakeford)
Arts & Sciences '79

Health Equity Group Founder 

ABOUT Alisha McDowell
Arts & Sciences '16

Health Equity Discussion Group Founder 

 Event Date
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Start Time: 12:00pm EDT
End Time: 1:30pm EDT

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