Reducing Implicit Bias To Improve Health

Significant disparities in health status, access to healthcare services, and in life expectancy and disease prevalence exist in Maine and across the country. The reasons underlying these disparities are complex and multifaceted. One important area that negatively impacts patient access, interactions with the healthcare system, and the patient-provider relationship and can be changed with focused efforts by healthcare professionals is implicit bias. Implicit bias are those attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.


The Learning Objectives of this module are:

  • Define implicit bias and differentiate between implicit bias and explicit bias.
  • Identify at least one personal bias
  • Understand the impact of implicit bias in health and healthcare
  • Explore strategies to address implicit bias
  • Identify at least one strategy to address implicit bias that the participant will commit to implement

Intended Audience:  Practice providers, practice staff, and practice administrators and various other health care related fields

Module Structure: This learning module is self-paced in structure and you can work through the materials at your own pace. Estimated time to complete will be 1 hour.  The module will consist of an introduction and 6 units and will contain the following elements:

  • Hyperlinks to readings, videos, web resources and tools
  • Video lessons
  • Case study activity
  • Interactive web-based documents using Google Drive

 Duration & Fee:

  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • CME Credits Offered: 1
  • Registration Fee: FREE

 Hardware/Software Requirements

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.

Table of Contents

  • Course Introduction (Orientation)
  • Test Your Knowledge (Pre-Test)
  • Unit 1: Introduction and Overview
  • Unit 2: Understanding Implicit Bias and its Impact
  • Unit 3: Looking at ourselves. What are YOUR implicit biases?
  • Unit 4: What can we do to address Implicit Bias: Strategies
  • Unit 5: Voices from Healthcare on the Problem & Strategies to Address
  • Unit 6: Practice & Next Steps
  • Course Wrap Up (Post-test, Evaluation Survey, and Completion Statement.)

Assessment and Grading

 This learning module begins with a Pre-Test that will test your knowledge and allow you to gauge your baseline understanding of the topics to be covered. Your pre-test score will not count toward your overall grade. At the end of the module, there is a Post-Test that will determine your final grade. A comparison of your Pre-Test score and Post-Test score will help to assess how much knowledge you’ve gained. You will have two attempts to complete the Post-Test. Your score must be 75% or better in order to receive a certificate for CME credit.

Please complete the evaluation survey at the conclusion of the learning module.

To Obtain CME Credits:

 Complete the entire learning module.

  • Complete the Pre-Test, Post Test, and Evaluation Survey at the end of the module.
  • You must earn a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test in order to qualify for CME credits. You will have two attempts to complete the Post-Test.
  • After you confirm to completing the entire learning module and have received a score of 75% or higher on the Post-Test, your certificate of completion for CME credits will be generated and available for you for download.
  • Download and print your certificate of completion and CME Documentation Form.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation through the partnership of Maine Medical Education Trust and Qualidigm.  The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association to provide CME activities for physicians.


 The following planners, speakers and authors have indicated that they have no relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this activity:

Amy Miller, BSHA/M (Course Designer)
Program Specialist

Kathryn Vezina, RN, MSN, JD, Esq (Presenter)
Associate Executive Director
Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership

Nelida Berke, MPH (Presenter)
Minority Health Program Coordinator
Public Health Division, City of Portland, Maine

Catherine Ryder, MS, LCPC (Presenter)
Executive Director
TriCounty Mental Health Services

Andrea Sockabasin, BS (Presenter)
Youth Prevention Health Coordinator
Wabanaki Public Health

Contact Information

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