2022 PCORI Annual Meeting Breakout Session

Structural racism and discrimination refer to macro-level conditions and policies that limit opportunities, resources, power, and well-being of populations based on a particular status (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background). Structural racism and discrimination contribute to poorer health outcomes. Furthermore, the impact of racism in medicine on healthcare delivery and health outcomes has been well documented. Addressing racism, discrimination and bias in health systems is essential to ensure the highest quality of care and improve health outcomes for all patients.

In this session, panelists describe the lived experience of racism, discrimination, and bias in their everyday lives and when navigating health systems; discuss how this has impacted their health; identify concrete examples of effective health systems strategies to improve patient engagement and trust; describe the implementation of anti-racist health systems interventions; and discuss opportunities and methodological challenges of conducting CER in this space.


Ana Aluisy, MA, LMHC, LMFT
Graduate Research Assistant, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
University of South Florida

Diana Cejas, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Pediatric Neurologist and Faculty
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kyaien Conner, PhD, LSW, MPH
Associate Professor of Mental Health Law and Policy
University of South Florida

Patrick O. Gee, PhD
JLC Founder, iAdvocate, Inc.

Teshia Solomon, PhD, MS
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
College of Medicine, University of Arizona


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