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My Thoughts on #RootCauseRacism Healthcare Posts [Video]

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

Adapted from a post on LinkedIn

When I was envisioning the daily themes in the #RootCauseRacism blog series, it was important to use my voice to bring attention to the current and future state of racial equity in Healthcare. 

I'm not a doctor but I'm thankful for my Women In Lean–Healthcare colleagues Kathleen Sharp, a Sensei and LSS MBB at Atrium Health and Julie Savage Fournier–an Engineer who supports Healthcare Experts who performed extensive research and behind the scenes support for today's important topic. 

Based upon the research conducted, I've had the following takeaways:

#1:  There is a lack of diversity amongst professionals in the healthcare field

#2There is a lack of diversity, inclusion, and sensitivity training in healthcare

#3:  There is a lack of diversity in healthcare research and a lack of sensitivity about diversity in their analysis.

And lastly 

#4 Based upon unconscious racial basis from healthcare practitioners it's been statistically proven to result in delayed diagnosis, poor pain management, and other issues for Black patients.

In day #5 of our blog series, there will be posts from Katasha S. Butler, PharmD, MBA and Debbie Sears Barnard.

The morning blog post entitled “Representation Matters” was written by Dr. Butler, a licensed Doctor of Pharmacy with 17 years of leadership experience.

In the afternoon blog post (coming at 2 pm ET), Debbie, a consultant at the Joint Commission International based in Dubai, asks healthcare professionals “Do We have the courage to do the work?” Debbie is an accomplished, driven global healthcare executive with over 20 years of experience in strategy deployment will conclude her blog with practical strategies that can be done now.

My hope and prayer is that you'll listen to their experiences and their recommended countermeasures so you can start working today to help us find solutions to #RootCauseRacism in Healthcare.


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Deondra Wardelle is a Senior-level Training and Development Executive. She has proven expertise in Strategic Growth Initiatives, Organizational and Leadership Development, and Lean Six Sigma Implementation. Deondra has a track record of success in being a catalyst for change and a driver of results, driven to improve processes and operations. She is an astute business strategist who is driven, engaging, collaborative and results-focused. An inspirational leader who serves as a strategic business partner, cultural change steward and operational expert. Effectively lead change management process strategies that facilitate organizational transformation and increase overall capabilities. Possesses an inclusive management style that encourages idea sharing and inspires exceptionalism in others. Proven ability to design and deliver a comprehensive range of learning solutions which produce measurable results.

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