Are You Aware of Your Implicit Bias?

Are You Aware of Your Implicit Bias?
De'Asia Harris, MPHc, and Leah Blackall, MPHc

May 18, 2021, 12-1:30 PM EST


Alongside structural racism and discrimination embedded within the United States is implicit or unconscious bias. Equally important as other social determinants, implicit bias contributes to adverse health outcomes of particular populations. This webinar will address the role of implicit bias and how it impacts individuals who seek substance use treatment and other behavioral health services to mitigate adverse behavioral health outcomes. It will divulge the interruption inaccessibility, the referral process, and consequences associated with the implicit bias of vulnerable populations. Methods and tactics to reduce implicit bias will be explored to eliminate the stigma associated with those who require substance use treatments or other behavioral health services.


  • Develop and understand tactics to mitigate individual implicit bias within Behavioral Health
  • Reduce the stigma associated with behavioral illness through unconscious or implicit bias
  • Recognize and identify methods by which cultures influence implicit bias within Behavioral Health
  • Understand how implicit bias and lack of cultural humility and cultural competency impedes positive Behavioral Health outcomes


De'Asia Harris

De'Asia Harris, MPHc is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, with a Public Health Practice and Policy program concentration.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in May of 2017.  She is also a graduate research assistant for the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE) at the University of Maryland. She currently works as a Medical Assistant at an Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic in Washington, D.C., and an intern for The Danya Institute's Central East Region Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC). This summer, she will be partnering with the University of Miami's Minority Health Research Training (MHRT) program to research health disparities in the Dominican Republic. Upon completion of her MPH program, she plans to pursue her Ph.D. in Community Prevention. Her career goal is to pursue public health research focusing on economic stability and public health among underserved populations.
Leah Blackall

Leah Blackall, MPHc is the Training and Technical Assistance intern for the Central East PTTC. Currently, an MPH candidate at the University of Maryland, focusing on Public Health Practice and Policy. Her ultimate goal is to find solutions to eliminate health disparities within the healthcare system and improve access and quality of care.



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