An Overview of Racial Health Disparities: An introduction to the levels of racism and the effect on health

Session Description:

Please note this session is not accredited for continuing pharmacy education credit.

The delivery of healthcare as we know it is fundamentally transforming, with greater emphasis on improving the continuity of care for patients. This involves enhancing quality of care, population health, and community engagement.

Race and ethnicity are key components of social determinants of health. Despite our best intentions, the high stress atmosphere in healthcare leads to microaggressions which affects communication, engagement and quality of care.

Join this session to learn how unconscious bias plays a significant role in shaping healthcare disparities and potential ways to mitigate and address it. Examples and recommendations that were presented at the AMCP Partnership Forum Racial Health Disparities will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  1. Define race and racism.
  2. Describe historical examples of institutional racism in science and medicine.
  3. Differentiate the levels of racism and how they can affect health.
  4. Indicate tools to address and cope with racial bias in the healthcare setting.
  5. Discuss how managed care professionals can address racial and ethnic health disparities.


David Kountz, MD, MBA
Co-Chief Academic Officer
Hackensack Meridian Health
Neptune, NJ