Anti-Racism Resources

Racism is a persistent health threat. As a social determinant, racism drives differences in life opportunities, exposures, and stresses that relentlessly perpetuate and create new cycles of preventable disparities in health care delivery and outcomes. 

Here is a list of resources recommended by our board and staff to help nurses, health care providers, and organizations work toward eradicating racism in health care delivery and work environments. 

Anti-Racism Resources

Anti-Racism in Health Care

The site has several resources, plus a link for joining monthly discussion meetings. Open to all nurses.

Resource Lists


Videos & Webinars

  • Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) proudly offers the Cultural Humility: Moving Beyond Cultural Competence in Pursuit of Health Equity webinar at no cost to mental health providers, supervisors, and directors, designed and facilitated by Rebeca Allen, MN, RN. In this webinar, we will reveal practical steps to reduce biases that can be implemented in everyday encounters with patients as we continue to strive for health equity.

    This webinar is available at no-cost, online, on-demand training courses

    Webinar Description

    We all have biases. As healthcare professionals, we are being called to action to address biases in order to have a more equitable healthcare system. It can feel daunting, overwhelming and burdensome to have to yet learn another thing in the fast-moving, ever-changing world of healthcare (Hello COVID!). Cultural Humility is a process that is explored in this webinar to help facilitate our everyday interactions with the diverse communities that we serve. In this webinar we will reveal practical steps to reduce biases that can be implemented in everyday encounters with patients as we continue to strive for health equity.

    Learning Objectives

    • Identify the importance of implementing Cultural Humility
    • Identify the difference between cultural humility and cultural competence
    • Identify steps to implement cultural humility within their practice

    Learn more about the Cultural Humility: Moving Beyond Cultural Competence in Pursuit of Health Equity webinar: click here.

  • Overcoming Obstacles to a Successful DEI Program:  Key Actions all Nurse Leaders Can Take Now

    Free On-Demand Webinar. Register and watch anytime, anywhere.

    Developing and implementing a successful Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) program within your institution is a critical imperative for all nurse leaders. The rewards of accomplishing this are many, including higher employee satisfaction, less turnover, and improved patient care. The obstacles, however, are many.

    No CNE is awarded for this webinar. All individual registered viewers will be able to download a personalized certificate of viewing document upon completion of the webinar.

    Registration is required for individuals and groups.*

    This 90-minute webinar, presented by a nurse DEI expert, Nikki E. Akparewa, RN, MSN, MPH, addresses some of these obstacles and provides real-world actions you can take now to ensure that your DEI program accomplishes its goals.

    Topics to be addressed include:

    • How to know if you have succeeded: Setting goals and metrics for your DEI program
    • Assessing the current nurse culture in your organization and ways to use it to advance your DEI program success
    • Do you have buy-in of senior leadership:  A make or break situation
    • Working with a limited budget: The things that are more important to success than money
    • The impact of implicit bias: Facing your own and others unconscious beliefs and attitudes

    Who should attend:  Nurse leaders working in all specialties and practice settings

  • Accountable Care Learning Collaborative at Western Governors University: Advancing Diversity in Nursing Workforce to Reduce Disparities in Care, October 8, 2020

In this virtual panel discussion, Dr. Ernest Grant, Jason Thompson, and Dr. Jan Jones-Schenk discuss how we must eliminate barriers to equity in access and learning in order to reduce racial disparities in care.

Within the registered nurse (RN) workforce, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), 81% are White/Caucasian (vs 60% of the US population), while 19% of nurses are from underrepresented racial/ethnic populations.

The Accountable Care Learning Collaborative believes that nursing programs must address bias and reduce discrimination in health professions learning environments because, in not doing so, racial disparities in care will persist. In our Accountable Care Atlas, we identified a specific competency to “understand the unique cultural characteristics of the population served to implement changes in the organization to provide high-value care”. This cultural competency failure is reinforced by research that shows that care. 

  • Dr. Edwin Nichols on Dichotomous Logic and Colorism (Streamed live on Apr 10, 2018): Dr. Edwin J. Nichols, is a founding member of the Association of Black Psychologist and author of Cultural Competence in America’s Schools: Leadership, Engagement and Understanding. He is a Clinical/Industrial Psychologist, working in Organization Development. He is the Director of Nichols and Associates, Inc., an applied behavioral science firm where the goal is to restructure organizations to achieve systemic congruence in process through cultural competence in leadership. Dr. Nichols’ hallmark paradigm is known as: The Philosophical Aspects of Cultural Difference, which affords insights into the essence of ethnic difference from the philosophical disciplines of Axiology, Epistemology, and Logic.

  • Race: The Power of Illusion RACE–The Power of an Illusion asks a question so basic it’s rarely raised: what is this thing we call race? Since its release in 2003, the series has become one of the most widely used documentaries ever in formal and non-formal education in the US. Millions of people have used the film to scrutinize their own deep-seated beliefs about race and explore how our social divisions are not natural or inevitable, but made. Now, in 2019, the series remains salient and timely.


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