Considerations on Racism, Implicit Bias and Improving Care for Maternal and Infant Health Providers

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Tuesday 10/12/21: 8am - 10am AKDT and Wednesday 10/13/21: 8am - 11am AKDT
Day 1:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Day 2:
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Video Conferencing
Cost Range

Host And Instructor

Barnard Center for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, University of Washington
Dr. Sayida Peprah, PsyD


Contact Hours: 4.50

Training Overview Description

African American, Native American and Alaska Native women are reported to be more than 2-3x more likely to die from causes related to pregnancy, compared to white women in the United States (CDC, 2019). Studies have further revealed that even when socio-economic factors are controlled for, the disparities remain significant.

Race-related stressors have been linked to negative maternal health outcomes. Of the many race-related stressors that exist for pregnant persons, the experience of being under the care of a provider who lacks cultural sensitivity, humility, congruence and competence has been identified as a compounding stressor and trigger during pregnancy. Additionally, lack of provider knowledge regarding historical traumas and racism, and the impacts these have on mental and physical health, prevents them from adequately addressing the needs of patients and clients.

Session 1: Tuesday October 12, 2020

This presentation will focus on increasing the sensitivity and humility of providers, to promote the establishment of trauma-free, supportive care and service environments for communities who have been affected by transgenerational/historical trauma. The audience will be taken on a journey through historical traumas affecting African Americans, Native Americans and Immigrant communities. There will be a dissection of both the mental and physical health impacts of transgenerational/historical trauma. There will also be an exploration of the resilience and strengths evidenced by the various group’s survival through the generations.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how historical trauma and racism has impacted maternal/perinatal health outcomes in communities of color.
  2. Detect, identify and assess for significant coping vulnerabilities and strengths among communities of color which can impact maternal/perinatal mental and physical health.
  3. Construct support strategies and interventions for pregnant, birthing and postpartum clients from communities of color.

Session 2: Wednesday October 13, 2020

Studies have identified implicit bias as a potential contributor to disparities in the outcome of marginalized and minority communities. Mitigating implicit bias among care and service providers and leaders has been identified as a strategy to improve client/patient experiences, communication and overall quality of care and services. This interactive and self-reflective training will focus on increasing the cultural competence, sensitivity and humility and broadening participant’s awareness of their own implicit bias (subtle, unconscious assumptions about others) and equip them with tools to engage with pregnant, birthing and postpartum people of color, in more open, respectful and empathetic ways. Recommendations for providing services, care and treatment will be offered.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define cultural humility, implicit and explicit bias.
  2. Identify and use strategies for dismantling and/or reducing implicit/unconscious bias in early childhood services.
  3. Identify and assess personal implicit biases (subtle, unconscious, assumptions).
  4. Utilize techniques to engage with individuals from marginalized and minority communities with cultural humility and awareness.

Competencies & Endorsement

This training may cover certain competencies required for Endorsement®. AK-AIMH administers the Endorsement® to recognize the attainment of professional competencies in working with children 0-3. For more information about Competencies® & Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®, please visit AK-AIMH's website.

Event-specific Details

The Alaska Association of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (AK-AIMH) has listed this training for the benefit of Alaska's professionals as part of our initiative Project Compass: Leading the Way to Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce Development. Project Compass is funded by AK-AIMH members and donors, the Alaska Children's Trust, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. Visit Project Compass to learn more!

Registration Information

Register for these workshops by visiting the training sponsor, Parent-Child Relationship Programs at the Barnard Center.

Please direct your questions by phone to 206.543.8528 or via email at

Refund Policy: If you register for this event but are unable to attend, you may obtain a refund of the fee less $15.00 for handling. Requests must be received prior to September 30, 2021.