Healthcare Disparity in Maternal Patients: How to Conquer Implicit Bias

Maternal health quality and equity are important to Baptist Health. Among the 4 million births in the United States every year, approximately 700 women die from pregnancy-related causes. This Pathway will provide resources to understand how implicit (unconscious) bias, healthcare disparities and social determinates may contribute to maternal mortality and morbidity. It is our hope that these resources will assist participants to better understand the gaps in care needs and how best to significantly reduce their occurrence.  

We all possess innate biases that may cause us to treat patients differently without our even being aware of it. At the end of this course, you should be able to take a second look at instances in your patient interactions that might cause misunderstandings. It is important to be able to identify ways that we can, within ourselves, our hospitals and our healthcare systems, reduce disparities in healthcare. 

Target Audience

Ob/Gyns and physician assistants.

Learning Objectives

  • Self-assess communication barriers with patients to better assess patient needs and thereby reduce maternal morbidity and mortality.
  • Identify the unconscious biases that exist within ourselves that may inadvertently limit access to high-quality care.
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
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Ana M. Viamonte Ros, M.D., MPH
Medical Director, Palliative Care and Bioethics Department
Baptist Health South Florida
Associate Professor, Department of Health, Humanities and Society
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida International University

Due to the non-clinical nature of the content discussed, the speakers, conference director, non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

This CME activity will not cover content that would involve products or services of commercial interests. Therefore, no opportunity exists for a conflict of interest based on the financial relationships of faculty and those persons in control of content. Since these relationships are not relevant, no disclosure information was collected. 


Robin D. Tellez, D.M., MS/HSA, R.N.
HR Director, Inclusion Strategies/RN Retention
Human Resources
Baptist Health South Florida

Carolina Perticari, M.Ed.
Manager, Allied Health Education
Baptist Health Academics
Baptist Health South Florida 

Yanilia Matos, MBA-HCM, BSW
HR Project Specialist
Human Resources
Baptist Health South Florida

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
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