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Passionate Pioneers with Mike Biselli - passionatepioneers.com EPISODE 91, 19th October 2020
Confronting Unconscious Bias with Dr. Arie Nettles

Confronting Unconscious Bias with Dr. Arie Nettles

A majority of our decisions are heavily influenced by unconscious bias, which creates detrimental effects in the healthcare industry and beyond. 

To better understand how to confront and eliminate unconscious bias, I asked a national expert and passionate leader to help guide us through these timely and important topics.  

Dr. Arie Nettles is the Director of the Office of Inclusion and Health Equity at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which encompasses education and training on cultural awareness, unconscious bias, and offers the Respect@Work series with a focus on sexual harassment, bystander intervention, and workplace safety.

Join me in this episode to learn more about the curriculum that Dr. Nettles and her team created and how it can help generate better workplace culture for health practitioners and better health outcomes for the patients this industry honorably serves.  

Episode Highlights:

  • How Dr. Nettles established the Office of Inclusion and Health Equity at VUMC
  • Dr. Nettles explains the curriculum that she and her team created and deployed across the country
  • How Dr. Nettle’s curriculum plays a role in the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • How we can keep the conversation going in a safe place with respect and trust

About Our Guest:

Dr. Nettles is professor of clinical pediatrics and psychologist for school age children to young adults with developmental disabilities, autism, and cleft craniofacial in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).

Founder and director of VUMC’s Office of Inclusion and Health Equity (OIHE) since 2011, Nettles has expanded the program from its origins at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to encompass the education and training of the entire medical enterprise on cultural awareness, unconscious bias, and Respect@Work series with focus on sexual harassment, bystander intervention, and workplace safety.

Nettles is a licensed psychologist in Tennessee and Michigan; nationally certified school psychologist; and nationally registered health service provider. Appointed by the Governor, Nettles chairs the Tennessee Statewide Planning and Policy Council for the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Her current research is inclusion and health equity and best practices in health care.


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