Overcoming Implicit Bias:  Our Journey Towards Health Equity

March 4 and 11 at 6:30 PM Central Time
Join us live online two Thursday evenings, March 4 and 11 to explore, define and overcome implicit biases and implement actions towards a more equitable society. Led by the IAFP Health Equity Public Health work group, this free interactive virtual event for all members will cover four topics over two nights. You will be able to register in advance for either or both events. Support for this project provided by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians.  

March 4th Topics - Race and Disability 
March 11th Topics - Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and Substance Use  Register for March 11
There is no fee, but advanced registration is required.  

Registrants will receive advanced materials by email to review and prepare for these discussions. The format will include presentations from our IAFP expert facilitators and small group discussions to produce action steps to implement changes in your communities.  After the live sessions, conversations and progress will continue. 

Program Presenters:
Lead Facilitator: Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Chair, IAFP Public Heath Workgroup on Health Equity
Past Speaker, American Academy of Family Physicians, Past President, Illinois Academy of Family Physicians
Past President National Medical Association
Medical Director, Longevity Health Plan of Illinois and staff physician at Vitas Healthcare, Inc.


Implicit Bias and Race                                                                     Disability

Carl E. Lambert, Jr., MD 
Rush Family Medicine Leadership Program

2020 Family Medicine Teacher of the Year

Ronald Rembert, Jr., MD
Board of Trustee member,
American Association of Public Health Physicians 
Family Heath Foundation of Illinois Board of Directors

Brian Chicoine, MD
Director, Advocate Adult Down Syndrome Center
2019 Family Physician of the Year






Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Anuj K Shah, MD, MPH (pronouns: he/him/his)
Integrative Family Medicine
Heartland Health Centers-Lakeview

Paola Susan MD, MBA (Pronouns she/her/hers)
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
AFFIRM Primary Care Lead, The Rush Center for Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health

Substance Use

Thomas D. Huggett, MD, MPH
Medical Director of Mobile Health at Lawndale Christian Health Center
Chicago's West Side
Member, Illinois Medicaid Advisory Council
2018 IAFP Family Physician of the Year 

Ruchi M. Fitzgerald, MD FAAFP
Assistant Professor, Rush University Dept of Family Medicine/Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Associate Program Director of Rush Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Service Chief of Inpatient Addiction Medicine, PCC Community Wellness/West Suburban Hospital

Learning Objectives - Participants in each live session will be able to:

  • Define implicit bias with respect to Race and Disability (March 4) and Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity and Substance Use (March 11)
  • Discuss how implicit biases present in patient interactions and/or the workplace
  • Analyze how implicit bias may affect quality of healthcare in a diverse patient population
  • Develop strategies to correct implicit biases in daily interaction


March 4 presenter Carl Lambert, MD was featured on WGN-TV news on Feb. 26 discussing inequality in medicine and lack of Black physicians. 

March 3 NPR story on overdose surge among Blacks during the pandemic

AAFP Leader Voices Blog from AAFP President Ada Stewart, MD - Black Physicians COVID Death Underscores Health Disparities

AAFP 3-Part series with Dr. Steward on Measuring AAFP's Efforts on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

February 10 WGLT Radio story on the lack of Black men physicians featuring IAFP 2009 Teacher of the Year Kelvin Wynn, MD

Carl Lambert, MD, the was recently featured in an American Medical Association feature story about the importance of hope as we all confront COVID-19 fatigue nearly a year after the pandemic began. He also authored a blog post on KevinMD.com about the “minority tax” on black physicians who often carry the load in their roles to spearhead advocacy against racism and discrimination, while ensuring equality and inclusion at their institutions.

The Hill We Climb - by Amanda Gordon at the inauguration of President Joseph Biden on January 20

"Partnership to Improve Access to Buprenorphine Treatment in a Homeless Population" Annals of Family Medicine, January 2021 (Mile Square Health and the Night Ministry in Chicago)

Chicago Tribune article featuring Admit the Six advocacy co-led by Dr. Rembert

IAFP's Health Equity Resource Center 

Health Equity Member Interest Group Information  (open to all IAFP members)

IAFP Student Town Hall, October 17, Addressing Structural Racism and Advancing Health Equity (YouTube video)

AAFP's EveryONE project toolkit