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Conference Session Descriptions


It Stops with Me. Speaking Up Against Microaggressions: An Upstander Training 
9:15-10:15 a.m. | Plenary Session

During this session participants will be introduced to the definition of microaggressions and the range of microaggressions. They will then learn about the impact of microaggressions on personal well-being and the delivery of health care. Thereafter, participants will be encouraged to explore personally experienced or observed microaggressions in a large group setting. 

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Define the three forms of microaggressions.
  2. Describe the impact of microaggressions in the workplace.
  3. Utilize at least one strategy to address microaggressions as a bystander.

Presenter: Ali Asghar-Ali, M.D., Associate Professor and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Associate Director for Education, South Central MIRECC and Director, Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Toward Health Equity Using Social Justice as the Roadmap
3:45-4:45 p.m. | Plenary Session

Presenter: Daytheon Sturges, MPAS, PA-C, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Associate Program Director of Regional Affairs, Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI), MEDEX Northwest, University of Washington School of Medicine

Developing the "Bias and Belonging" Program Initiative for Greater Equity in Research
10:30-11:30 a.m. | Concurrent Session 1

As a research team embedded in a large hospital system, the Palliative Care and Resilience (PCAR) program at Seattle Children’s recognized our shortcomings around anti-racism work and responded to the need for greater discussion and action around the topic of equity during this past year. Our team has embarked on a strategic planning process and created a “Bias and Belonging” program focused on education, reflection, and action to achieve greater equity in our research practices from idea stage through implementation. The purpose of this presentation is to provide an evidence-informed model of our team-led initiative.  Although the work will be continuing, we believe that we have garnered experience that may be helpful for other teams as we strive toward equitable medical institutions.


  • Kelly Shipman, MS, CCRP, Clinical Research Coordinator III, Center for Palliative Care and Resilience, Seattle Children's Hospital 
  • Maeve O'Donnell, MA, MS, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar in Clinical and Translational Research, Center for Palliative Care and Resilience, Seattle Children's Hospital 
  • Alison O'Daffer, BA, Clinical Research Coordinator II, Center for Palliative Care and Resilience, Seattle Children's Hospital

The Account of Centuries of Persecution and Racism of the American Indian /Alaskan Native: Its Impact on Health Status and Outcomes Today
10:30-11:30 a.m. | Concurrent Session 2

The plight of the American Indian/Alaskan Native regarding their health status is a black mark on the federal government. Treaties guaranteeing health care and education have not been fulfilled. A brief review of the history of this population is given. Health systems are not able to meet the cultural needs of the population. Centuries of persecution and racism continue to impact this population. Many myths surround this population which is composed of many tribes with many customs. Myths regarding this population are explored. Tribes because of past and current treatment by the government have a great mistrust on any federal government initiatives. Tribes have initiated some strategies to meet their needs. Strategies are discussed. 


  • Margo Hill, JD, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Anthropology & Planning & Associate Director of Small, Urban, Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility (SURTCOM), Eastern Washington University & Collaborating Partner, Native American Health Sciences, Washington State University
  • Frank Houghton, Ph.D., Lecturer and Director of HEALR Research Group, Limerick Institute of Technology 
  • Mary Ann Keogh Hoss, Ph.D., Professor and Program Director, Health Services Administration, College of Health Science and Public Health, Eastern Washington University

Advancing Social Equity through Professional Development and Practice Environment
10:30-11:30 a.m. | Concurrent Session 3

Jeniffer Dolinta, MS, RN, PCCN-K, NPD-BC, CNE, Education Specialist, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, CHI St. Luke’s Health
SheaLynn Foley, MBA-HCM, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, Education Specialist, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, CHI St. Luke’s Health

Breaking the Silence in Uncertain Times: Addressing Racism in Medical Education and Research
12-11 p.m. | Keynote Address

David A. Acosta, M.D., Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges