Implicit Bias and Racism in American Healthcare: Our Roles and Responsibilities as Interpreters

June 24, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Laisson DeSouza or Flavia Perry
774-578-7037 or 508-556-1333

Education Level: Intermediate to Advanced

This 3-hour workshop will provide medical interpreters an opportunity to understand why and how the human brain engages in stereotyping and develops bias, recognize the difference between explicit and implicit bias, and explore how implicit bias impacts health outcomes and the role of implicit bias in their own work in the medical setting.  Participants will be introduced to historical treatment of Persons of Color in the U.S. healthcare system; and how bias and racist practices continue to promote health inequities in these populations. Finally, we will explore the impact of racism and bias on the practice of interpreters, both in its impact on patients and on interpreters themselves. Participants will consider the different roles they might play in addressing racist or biased interactions in a healthcare encounter through case-based discussions.

About the Trainer

Lisa Walker, PA-C, is the founding director of the Physician Assistant program at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. She has over 20 years’ experience in PA education. Prior to becoming a PA, Lisa received her AS degree in Interpreting for the Deaf from Northern Essex Community College and worked as a medical interpreter. She is the author of a chapter on patients with disabilities in the widely used text Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice, now in its fifth edition. She has presented regionally and nationally on health disparities, health literacy, and improving access to care.

Successful Completion Requirements

Participants are expected to sign-in and out, attend the entire program, and complete an evaluation. Certificates will be distributed to participants by mail within 6 to 8 weeks following the program.

Fees & Terms

Workshop Fee: $30.00 (payable by phone at 508-556-1333 prior to event or via our online form)

CE Fee: an additional $33.31 (Note: if you are requesting CEU certificate of completion: IMIA or CCHI, total amount is $63.31)

Accreditation/Approval Information: Applications have been made to the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and to the International Medical Interpreter Association (IMIA) for approval of CE hours.

Refunds: CHI does not provide refunds after 10 full calendar days prior to the date of the program.

Special Requests/Questions/Concerns:

If you are hearing impaired or are a person who is differently abled who requires accommodations, please contact Laisson DeSouza or Flávia Perry: or at 774-578-7037 or 508-556-1333 at least 15 days before the training.

A Zoom Link will be provided via e-mail to participants once they’ve registered and paid for the event.