Implicit Bias in Maternal Healthcare Free Training Opportunity

The Utah Department of Health has supplemental funding from the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health for the Patient Safety Bundle on Obstetric Care for Women with Opioid Use Disorder.  

This funding provides free access to the online class “Breaking through Implicit Bias in Maternal Healthcare” for you if you are interested. 

There are a limited number of licenses available for the online class.  Please let Heather Sarin  know by November 15 if you and your team are interested in this training opportunity.

Below is what we expect from you on the training:

·         Participant expectations–Have interested students complete the consent and pre-class survey (takes about 6 minutes).  This states that they will:

o   Take a brief pre and post class survey.

o   Complete the online course within 30 days of receipt of the license information (class takes approximately 1 hour to complete)

o   Agree to participate in a one hour online debrief session, share ideas on how the principles could be implemented in your community and take a survey after the debrief

·         Schedule a debrief session–Heather will work with you on available dates and times for scheduling the session once you have completed the training.

Benefits to you include providing you with free implicit bias training (1 hour of CEU/CME available), the ability to participate in an Implicit Bias facilitated discussion and determine strategies to create a culture of equity in your organization.

Look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your help in making this project a success.

Below are some FAQ and links to resources to help your patients with Opioid Use/Substance Use Disorder:

Pregnancy Resources Website   Pregnancy Resources Website (Spanish)

Training on Opioid Use Disorder Safety Bundle–Previous Telehealth Sessions


How long does the online class take to complete?

It takes approximately 1 hour to complete the course modules. 

Does it need to be completed in one sitting?

No, participants can stop and return to where they stopped at a different time.

Does my entire staff need to take the training?

It is most effective if everyone takes the class since that will facilitate a more diverse and rich discussion for the debrief session. 

When will the debrief session be held/what if someone is unable to attend?

It will be determined  based on debrief session availability/team schedule.  If you are not able to attend, work to arrange for the session to be recorded so the participant can watch at a later date/time. 

How long do I have to take the class once I have the log-in information?

30 days

We don’t have a diverse population at our clinic or hospital, why should I take this class?

The population of the United States, along with Utah and Wyoming, continue to increase in diversity.   According to the 2014 U.S. Census data, in Utah 81.36% of the population is white, 11.6% as Hispanic/Latinx, 2.5% Asian, 1.86% American Indian/Alaska Native, 1.5% Black/African American and 1.19% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.  The Kem C. Gardner University of Utah Policy Institute Study on Population Projections by Race and Ethnicity predict that half of Utah’s population growth from 2015 to 2065 will come from minority populations. There is diversity in other areas besides race/ethnicity—including urban/rural, religion and socioeconomic.    

Who developed the class?

It was a joint collaboration between the March of Dimes and Quality Interactions.

What are the learning objectives of the class?

  • Explain implicit bias, including its cognitive basis and potential impact on maternal care. Describe how structural racism in the U.S. contributes to implicit bias in maternal care.
  • Apply an equity lens that takes into consideration patient needs when making decisions.
  • Use ALLY Model strategies in patient interactions to avoid implicit bias.

Do I get any credit hours for completing the class? 

Yes, 1 CEU or CME is available for taking the class.