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0342_SHSO_Black Maternal & Infant Mortality Discussion_Live - 7/18/24

July 18, 2024


This activity will create a psychological safe environment to discuss the impact of systemic racism ad implicit biases on the health outcomes of Black mothers and their infants. The sessions will begin with a screening of a short movie that provides an example of issues Black women face during pregnancy. Following the playback of the film, team members from Sutter's Institute for Advancing Health Equity will be facilitating a discussion addressing questions about disproportionally high Black maternal and infant mortality – why it is happening and what, as healthcare professionals, we can do to change that.

Target Audience

Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Nurse, Registered (RN)

Physicians (MD or DO)

Other Healthcare Professionals

Students of Health Professions

Learning Objectives

By the end of this learning activity, learners will be able to:

1. Identify local maternal and infant mortality trends and causes.

2. Illustrate how unconscious bias can manifest in clinical practice.

3. Discuss systemic issues specific to Suter Health.

4. Review tools that can be utilized to improve patient care, communication, and listening.

Course summary
Course opens: 
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Event starts: 
07/18/2024 - 12:00pm PDT
Event ends: 
07/18/2024 - 1:00pm PDT

Assembly Bills 1195 & 241- Providing Culturally Appropriate Care which is Free of Implicit Biases:

Learners are strongly encouraged to engage in self-directed learning related to the impact of implicit biases in this clinical area via the references provided below:

  1. Crear-Perry J, Correa-de-Araujo R, Lewis Johnson T, McLemore MR, Neilson E, Wallace M. (2021). Social and Structural Determinants of Health Inequities in Maternal Health. J Womens Health;30(2):230-235. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2020.8882. Epub 2020 Nov 12. PMID: 33181043; PMCID: PMC8020519.
  2. Wang E, Glazer KB, Howell EA, Janevic TM. (2020). Social Determinants of Pregnancy-Related Mortality and Morbidity in the United States: A Systematic Review. Obstet Gynecol.;135(4):896-915. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003762. PMID: 32168209; PMCID: PMC7104722.
  3. Saluja B, Bryant Z. (2021). How Implicit Bias Contributes to Racial Disparities in Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in the United States. J Womens Health;30(2):270-273. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2020.8874. Epub 2020 Nov 25. PMID: 33237843.

Disclosure of Financial or In-Kind Support & Conflict of Interest

Kristen Azar, faculty for this presentation, has received grants from Johnson and Johnson as well as Genentech. These ineligible relationships were deemed not relevant to the topic of this activity.

No one else involved in the planning or presentation of this educational activity have any relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. No financial or in-kind commercial support was received to produce or promote this educational activity.   

– Provider Designee/Verification:  Kerri Maya, PhD(c), MSL, RN, NPD-BC


In support of improving patient care, Sutter Health, is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Credit Designation Statement

Sutter Health designates this LIVE activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for physicians, 0.50 continuing professional development contact hours for nurses. Learners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Due to the length of this activity, CA BRN credit for nurses is NOT available.  

Note to Other DisciplinesAMA PRA Category 1 Credits HOURS™ Continuing Medical Education is acceptable for meeting the continuing education requirements for Pharmacists, Physician Assistants, Psychologists, Registered Nurses, and Respiratory Care Practitioners. For other disciplines, please check with the regulatory board for your discipline to confirm what type of credits meet the continuing education requirements. Continuing education hours for nurses accredited by ANCC, via Joint Accreditation.


Attendance & Credit Claiming

Text the 6-letter attendance verification code to (916) 866-7913 to claim credit.


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