SUMMIT SESSIONS

Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

Overcoming Bias and Health Disparities

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What You'll Learn

  • Understand the role that bias and assumptions have in medicine, and hear research and testimonials on the effects of mindfulness training for medical students

  • Dive into the widespread behavioral and physical effects of stress on individuals and entire groups of people, and explore how mindfulness can play a part in reducing healthcare disparities

  • Recognize the effects that individual mindfulness can have on entire healthcare systems, and learn how to intentionally and thoughtfully take on the challenges facing medicine

About Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

Dr. Cheryl Woods Giscombe is the LeVine Family Distinguished Associate Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Dr. Giscombe is also an adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Medicine and the Director of the Interprofessional Leadership Institute for Behavioral Health Equity. She is a health psychologist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Her research focuses on stress management to improve health among diverse populations, with specific emphasis on the health and well-being of African American women. Dr. Giscombe developed the groundbreaking Superwoman Schema conceptual framework and questionnaire to conduct research on stress and health in African American women. Dr. Giscombe's research is highly regarded for its focus on culturally-sensitive strategies to reduce health disparities, including the incorporation of mindfulness-based stress reduction in African Americans and other underserved populations.

About Mark Bertin, MD

Mark Bertin, MD is a developmental pediatrician and author of How Children Thrive, Mindful Parenting for ADHD and The Family ADHD Solution, which integrate mindfulness into the rest of evidence-based pediatric care. He is a contributing author for the book Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens. Dr. Bertin is on faculty at New York Medical College and the Windward Teacher Training Institute, and on the advisory boards for the non-profits Common Sense Media and Reach Out and Read. He is a regular contributor to Mindful Magazine, and his blog is available through Mindful.org and Psychology Today. For more information, please visit his website.

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2 Comments

  1. Letha Joseph May 27, 2019 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Excellent talk.

  2. Diane Bossung May 27, 2019 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Excellent! Thank you, Cheryl for covering so many important themes with clarity and the degree of depth the limited time would allow. The interprofessional courses you are teaching sound worthwhile on so many levels. I’m going to work at identifying my top ten tunes and also want to learn more about the contemplative art practices you mentioned. I hope you and your colleagues continue to get the support you need to keep these course/programs/research efforts going.

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