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Hidden Bias in Health Care: A Reflection on 10 Years of Health Care Disparities Research

Fri. April 8, 2016      6 p.m.

wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House

A free reception will take place before the lecture at 5 p.m.

Online registration for this event is now closed. Please contact Benjamin Williams at 206.685.9594 for assistance. 

Janice Sabin, MSW ’01, PhD ’06 

UW Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

Studies have shown quality of health care differs based on patient race and ethnicity, leading to worse health outcomes. This brings up questions about how provider bias contributes to unequal treatment and what can be done to mediate it. Informed by a decade of study on hidden bias in health care, Dr. Janice Sabin of the UW Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education will share research as well as a course developed for health care providers addressing this issue.

This event is free but registration is requested. Advance registration for UWAA members opens on February 22.

Dr. Janice A. Sabin is a Research Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, in the University of Washington School of Medicine—and Adjunct Research Associate Professor, School of Social Work. Dr. Sabin’s area of expertise is racial and ethnic health care disparities with an emphasis on understanding mechanisms and pathways that lead to unequal treatment in health care.

Dr. Sabin is one of the earliest investigators in the nation to apply the science of unconscious bias to health care disparities research. She has designed and implemented original research as principal investigator or co-investigator in academic medicine, the Indian Health Service, the Washington State community mental health system and with national samples. She has experience in community based participatory research with African American and American Indian/Alaska Native communities to develop culturally appropriate health education materials. She has developed interactive, web-based health disparities education materials that include the science of unconscious bias for physicians and other providers.

Named in honor of the University of Washington’s first vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs (1970), the annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture is dedicated to acknowledging the work of distinguished faculty by spotlighting nationally recognized research focusing on diversity and social justice.

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