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Friday, May 14 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
The Role of Chaplains in Liberating Medicine from its Legacy of Systemic Racism in the Era of COVID-19

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Systemic Racism and Unconscious Bias are stark realities that impact the spiritual, emotional, psycho-social and physical well-being of ethnic and racial minorities in our society. If the role of the professional chaplain in healthcare settings is to provide support for the spiritual, emotional and social well-being of patients, caregivers and staff as they navigate the healthcare system, then chaplains must be aware of and responsive to the impact of unconscious bias and systemic racism on the communities they serve. The Covid-19 Pandemic and the public outcry for social justice during this Summer’s season of outrage and discontent has exposed the urgency for informed and prepared chaplains to respond.  
In 2018, 140 chaplains from across the country participated in a 26 question survey that was designed to gauge their understanding of their role and their preparedness to effectively support minority groups who encounter bias, racism and/or racist systems. Their responses provide a wealth of information and insight into the challenges chaplains confront in fostering supportive environments and undergirding spiritual resiliency.  This workshop incorporates their insights with a comprehensive exploration of the history that informs present day practice and patient experience. It combines historical analysis, thought provoking research and clinical vignettes in an effort to engage and empower chaplains to better serve their patients of color during the Era of Covid-19.  


Friday May 14, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm PDT
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