Anti-Racism in Action: A Longitudinal Interprofessional Activity

Oct. 5, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

The Ohio State Health Sciences Colleges Steering Committee on Interprofessional Education, which includes environmental health sciences professor Darryl Hood, will present their work on anti-racism during the virtual 2021 Nexus Summit.

  • Alexa Valentino, PharmD, BCACP, TTS - Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Director of Buck-IPE Curriculum, The Ohio State University
  • Camilla Curren, MD - Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Canise Bean, DMD, MPH - Professor - Clinical and Director, Community Education, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
  • Vondolee Delgado-Nixon, PhD, FAAO - Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Professor, The Ohio State University College of Optometry
  • Megan Gregory, PhD - Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Darryl Hood, PhD - Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University
  • James McAuley, RPh, PhD, FAPHA - Professor of Pharmacy Education & Innovation and Neurology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University
  • Tessa Miracle, PhD - Lecturer, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
  • Andrea Pfeifle, EdD, PT, FNAP - Associate Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Practice and Education

An interprofessional team of faculty, staff and students created a longitudinal exercise entitled, "Personal and Collective Responsibility for Health Equity: Anti-Racism in Action" involving second year learners from seven Ohio State health Sciences colleges. Learning objectives included the following: three IPEC sub-competencies (Values and Ethics, Interprofessional Communication, and Roles and Responsibilities) and two objectives differentiating types of racism and identifying impacts of racism on wellbeing and health care delivery. Over five weeks, students completed two assigned modules focusing on how racism and implicit bias can cause differential care affecting patients, communities, and health care professionals. Each module consisted of individual work (videos and readings), written reflection, and interprofessional teamwork and discussion. Students were prompted to discuss the multifactorial methods IP teams could use to more effectively reduce the effects of racism on patients and learners. The work produced by the interprofessional teams included their individual and team reflections and a final project describing a specific strategy for combating racism on campus, in the form of a poster. Faculty feedback was provided at each step through videos summarizing themes from student submissions.

The exercise engaged students from 12 health science disciplines in productive interprofessional conversations regarding how IPE practices can reduce bias and racism. It was well received despite the need for it to be conducted virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. The final projects were evaluated, and winning team members participated in a campus-wide antiracism event, Roundtable on Actions Against Racism. This Lightning talk will share quantitative and qualitative data analyses used to demonstrate longitudinal progression of questions and responses by teams as Interprofessional Upstreaming skills accrued, as well as techniques to summarize and direct student responses, and opportunities to improve the process.