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When you register online, you will be asked to select one of the following Breakout Sessions:

The Transgender Care Continuum: What We Need to Know

Jennifer Abbott, MD
Allister Styan

Transgender people have a gender identity that differs from the sex which they were assigned at birth, and are estimated to represent 0.5% of the U.S. population. Numerous needs assessments have demonstrated that transgender people encounter a range of barriers to accessing primary health care. Based on clinical evidence and expert experience, there are specific protocols and practical advice to enhance cultural competence practices in caring for transgender patients. This session will provide a forum for honest exploration, discussion, tools and resources to address these disparities and barriers to the healthcare needs of transgender patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Expand knowledge of healthcare concerns and clinical considerations unique to transgender patients
  • Recognize health disparities disproportionately impacting transgender populations
  • Develop techniques for providing culturally competent provider/patient interactions for transgender patients and their families

The Role of Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Jason Bolden, MD

An awareness of unconscious bias invites us to fundamentally rethink the way we approach talent management, strategic decision - making, inclusion, and overall organizational culture on a number of different levels. This session will provide an opportunity for us to examine our assumptions and develop a deeper understanding of the filters through which we view and interpret the world, and provide strategies for ways we can begin to transform and shift our paradigms in order to create and sustain a more inclusive and respectful work environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a deeper understanding of bias and its impact on ourselves and others.
  • Learn the ways bias can impact critical, organizational and talent management decisions.
  • Identify strategies that promote inclusionary behavior in the workplace.

Social Determinants of Health

Alisahah Cole, MD
Brisa Hernandez, MHA

Social determinants of health are “the structural determinants and conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.” They include factors like socioeconomic status, education, the physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health care. At Carolinas HealthCare System, we are committed to meeting the ever-changing needs of our patient population. This requires intentional focus of incorporating a more comprehensive approach that will encompass social and physical factors that may be barriers to accessing the best health care. This session will address the work we are presently doing as a System in the space, and strategies for ongoing enhancements moving forward.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify socio-cultural barriers to care
  • Explore strategies for addressing lack of access to high quality health care in our community
  • Examine our System’s approach to making the connection with minimizing social determinants of health

Adaptive Care: Uniqueness in Diversity

Sam Wazan, Author

Adaptive Care predicates that everyone is seen unique.  For one to be equipped to see beyond labels and appearances, one must disengage from an Auto-Judge Mode. Every human has a unique journey beyond ethnic, cultural, religious affiliation or sexual orientation. Providing adaptive care requires valuing that journey and unwiring from routine. Adaptive Care for each promotes humane connections, which will lead to a state of mutual harmony for all. A state of mutual harmony will catalyze a culture of healing for all human beings.

Learning Objectives

  • Promote authentic encounters through a proven framework and processes.
  • Expand communication skills for cooperative relationships.
  • Stimulate an organic inspiration for each to seek value in all

White Men as Full Diversity Partners

Michael Welp, PhD
Hampton Hopkins, EdD

For much of the last 30 years, diversity and inclusion efforts have largely focused on historically under-represented groups like people of color, women and LGBTQ employees. Often heterosexual, white men have felt marginalized or left out of inclusion change efforts altogether. This session will examine the role that white men can play in fostering courageous leadership in diversity and inclusion strategies and practices. The session will be valuable for white men and for those who want to partner more with white men in diversity efforts. 

Learning Objectives

  • Clarify why white male engagement is critical to serious Diversity & Inclusion efforts
  • Explore assumptions and myths about diversity and white men and the impact those assumptions have on partnership in the workplace
  • Identify and explore the benefits for white men from inclusionary workplace practices
  • Gain awareness of the dominant culture (aka white male culture) and its impact on behavior, engagement and productivity

Bridging the Gap: Economic Mobility & Healthcare

Brian Collier, JD

As an integral constituent of our Charlotte and surrounding community, Carolinas HealthCare System takes great pride in collaborative efforts that impact the health and social well-being of people within the communities we serve. The call for enhancing our civic responsibility is heightened as a result of the Harvard University/UC Berkley study that revealed our community ranking of 50th out of 50 in economic mobility among the largest U.S. cities – specifically stating that if you were born in poverty, it is a very high probability that you will remain in poverty. This session will provide information and insights as to how the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force, in conjunction with CHS, is addressing these barriers to economic mobility.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the socio-economic barriers that contributed to our present ranking
  • Explore healthcare intersections
  • Provide clarity in how we can address these challenges as citizens of this community