4/6 CCCC on Disparity and Trust

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present an April 6, 2021 webinar on Trust as a Key to Reducing Health Disparities, covering the historical roots of distrust in healthcare, particularly among racial and ethnic groups, unconscious bias, and tools that can improve trust. One CEU will be available for nurses and social workers. Find details and register at https://mailchi.mp/coalitionccc.org/no-one-should-die-alone-on-the-street-746653.

1/22 NKF/ASN on eGFR and Race

The NKF/ASN Task Force on Reassessing the Inclusion of Race in Diagnosing Kidney Diseases has been collecting information and testimony about health care disparities for Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/ Alaska Native, Asian American, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander people, and about kidney function measurement, patient safety/standardization, new or innovative approaches to kidney function measurement, and measurement or reporting that does not include race. They will hold a January 22, 2021 public forum for patients, family members, and other public stakeholders. Register at https://kidney.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vVdJli2uRJKIgi4zlc8hfw. Find more information at https://www.kidney.org/content/nkf-asn-task-force-reassessing-inclusion-race-diagnosing-kidney-diseases.

3/4+ NWRD Annual Conference

Northwest Renal Dietitians will hold their 2021 Annual Conference online March 4-5, 2021 on the theme Looking into the Future. Topics will include KDOQI Nutrition, Cannabis & CBD, Obesity, Soul Food, Malnutrition, Disparities, New Hyperkalemia Diet, Diabetes, Keto Diets, Bone Disease, the Future of Dialysis, and Attendee Tips for the Best Virtual Experience. Up to 14 CEUs will be available. The Deadline for submitting online posters and applications for online exhibitors or scholarships is December 31, 2020. Registration begins January 15, 2021. Find everything you need at https://www.nwrdonline.org/conference-overview.

HDC Post on Implicit Bias

MEI’s Home Dialysis Central blog has published a post on Combating Implicit Bias in Home Dialysis, summarizing research and tools on implicit bias, and how we might become more aware of our own implicit bias, which we all have. From the post:

“Our human tendency is to treat people outside of our own in-group(s) as ‘other,’ and therein lie our interpersonal and intergroup challenges. In the early days of humans, ‘others’ may well have been rivals for food or territory, but today many of us live close together in enormous population clusters. Some of our most urgent existential threats are only likely to be successfully addressed by collaboration, not competition. We need to learn new ways to work together, perhaps even to survive as a species. And, in healthcare particularly, we need to rid ourselves of biases that could harm patients.”

In one example from research, dialysis staff responded to cardiac arrest with CPR for 91% of white patients but only 85% of black patients and 77% of Asian patients. In another, home dialysis was offered more often to white patients than to others. Find the post at https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/399-combatting-implicit-bias-in-home-dialysis.

11/13 NKF Kidney Care Symposium

The NKF Northern California and Pacific Northwest chapters will present its professional education 52nd Annual Medical Symposium: Kidney Care 2020 and Beyond online November 13, 2020. Sessions will cover measurement, home dialysis, telemedicine, and innovation. Up to 6.5 CME/CE units will be available. Find details below, and a detailed agenda and registration link at https://www.kidney.org/events/local-event/52nd-annual-virtual-medical-symposium.

3RNet Rural Jobs Network

3RNet, the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network, is a nonprofit organization that connects health care facilities in rural or underserved areas and health professionals looking for work.  They have representatives or “members” in all fifty states, the Mariana Islands, the Veterans Administration, and the Indian Health Service.   Find these representatives, and full details about the organization for both facilities and professionals, at https://www.3rnet.org/.  The web pages specific to Networks 16 and 18 states are:

The Office of Rural Health at the Washington Department of Health is subsidizing the 2020 series of introductory 3RNet Academy courses so Washington healthcare facilities can attend for no charge:

  • October 6, 2020 – Recruiting for Retention: Using Candidate Motivations to Strategically Market
  • October 20, 2020 – Combating Isolation in Rural and Underserved Recruiting
  • November 3, 2020 – Compensation Trends for Providers: Balancing Financial and Lifestyle Needs
  • November 17, 2020 – Avoiding Burnout through a Managed Scope of Practice
  • December 1, 2020 – Recruiting for Team Based Care in Rural and Underserved Communities
  • December 15, 2020 – Building Support for Your Recruitment Efforts at the Local Level

Find more information about the 3RNet Academy and courses at https://academy/3rnet.org/why-attend.html and https://academy.3rnet.org/agenda.html.  Register at https://academy/3rnet.org/register.html using coupon code 2021WA at checkout.  The webinars will be recorded, so registrants can watch them on their own schedule.  For questions about 3RNet: info@3rnet.org or 800-787-2512.  For questions about the Washington program: Faith Johnson at faith.johnson@doh.wa.gov or 360-236-2815.

9/17 CCCC Webinar on African American Experience

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will present a September 17, 2020 webinar on Understanding the African American Experience and its Impact on Serious Illness.  The webinar will explore authenticity and its role in reducing health inequities for people of color experiencing a serious illness, and how to use empathy and compassion to create more favorable health outcomes for African Americans and others.  One CEU is available for nurses and social workers.  For full details and registration see below and https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-understanding-the-african-american-experience-and-its-impact-on-tickets-118647021435?mc_cid=ffca48bc3b&mc_eid=67e1ad4c31.

8/28+ PFCC Workshop on Diversity

Patient & Family Centered Care Partners will present an August 28, 2020 workshop on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workgroup: Setting the Table for Equity.  Find details and register at https://pfccpartners.com/workshops/.  PFCC Partners also has future workshops planned for September 25, October 23, and November 27.

HRSA Webinars on Minority Organ Donation

The HHS Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Regional Operations will present a webinar in English and Spanish to recognize Minority Donor Awareness Month (see https://www.hrsa.gov/enews/past-issues/2020/august-6/national-minority-donor-awareness-month and https://www.giftofhope.org/nmdam-2020/).  The focus this year is on the Latinx community.  Both versions are free to attend, but prior registration is required.  All who register will receive a link to a recording of the webinar.

For more information, contact HRSAORORegion7@hrsa.gov.

7/28+ CDC Webinars: COVID-19 & Diabetes, Disparities

CDC will present two COVID-19 webinars, on diabetes and on healthcare disparities: