The Impact of Implicit Bias on Health Outcomes and Strategies for Reducing Bias

Implicit biases are the societal attitudes or stereotypes unconsciously affecting our individual, understanding, actions, evaluations and decisions. Recognizing and addressing the role of implicit bias is critically important in health care, as these unconscious biases can impact clinical decision-making, medical research, workforce diversity and the interactions amongst colleagues and staff. As allergist/immunologists who are committed to providing high-quality, equitable, evidenced-based care, we must be cognizant of the role of implicit bias and how it can contribute to disparities of our historically marginalized patients and negatively impact workplace relations. In this three-part webinar series, we aim to deepen the participant’s understanding of implicit bias, discuss emerging areas of research in implicit bias, the ways in which implicit bias can manifest within medicine, and solutions to reducing implicit bias on individual and on institutional/contextual levels. This webinar titled "The Impact of Implicit Bias on Health Outcomes and Strategies for Reducing Bias" is part one of the series.

Target Audience

  • Allergist/Immunologists
  • Primary Care Providers
  • Fellows-in-Training
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants and Other Allied Health Professionals 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the differences between implicit and explicit bias; and debiasing strategies on the individual and institutional/contextual levels
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Attendance
    Attendance credit.
  • 1.00 CME
    CME credit.
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Planning Committee

Margee Louisias  MD MPH
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Chestnut Hill, MA
Relevant Relationships: None

Sharmilee Nyenhuis  MD
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Relevant Relationships: None

Karen L. Gregory  DNP APRN-BC RRT AE-C
Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic, Edmond, OK
Relevant Relationships: None



Jessica Isom  MD MPH
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Relevant Relationships: None

Jessica Isom, MD, MPH
Dr. Jessica Isom, MD, MPH, is a board-certified community psychiatrist and faculty leader in the Yale Department of Psychiatry’s Social Justice and Health Equity Curriculum. She primarily works in Boston as an attending psychiatrist at Codman Square Health Center where she is leading a grant effort to infuse antiracism in Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) services. She is a nationally recognized expert on racial equity and justice in psychiatry with a focus on workforce development and organizational transformation. Her professional interests include working toward eradicating racial and ethnic mental health disparities, mitigating the impact of implicit racial bias on clinical care, and the use of a community-centered population health approach in psychiatric practice. She serves on multiple advisory boards and is a consultant, curriculum developer and presenter to a variety of organizations including Fortune 500 companies and medical societies through her company, Vision for Equity LLC. Dr. Isom received her MD from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and completed her residency at Yale University.


Margee Louisias  MD MPH
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Relevant Relationships: None

Margee Louisias (MD, MPH) is a pediatric and adult Allergist-Immunologist and a health-services researcher in community-based interventions to reduce racial disparities in pediatric asthma. She is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Associate Physician and Director of Equity and Inclusion in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). She was also recently appointed Assistant Program Director of Racial Justice and Equity for the BWH Internal Medicine Residency program. Dr. Louisias is recognized locally and nationally through honors and awards granted from AAAAI and BWH, and publications on asthma and disparities. Her other interests include diversity in medicine, quality improvement, implementation science, community engagement, translation of research into policy, and the role of racism in health outcomes.


Sharmilee Nyenhuis  MD
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Relevant Relationships: None

Sharmilee Nyenhuis, MD, FAAAAI is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago and practices the subspecialty of Allergy and Immunology for adults at UChicago Medicine. Dr. Nyenhuis went to medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago and stayed on for a residency in internal medicine.  She completed a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been well funded for her work in addressing asthma disparities in underserved populations including older adults, minority children and adults with asthma and severe asthma by NHLBI, PCORI and foundation grants.  Dr Nyenhuis’ research program currently focuses on testing health promotion interventions among minority women with asthma and evaluating the implementation potential of these interventions.



Content Review

Kevin Parks  MD FAAAAI
AAC/CRI of Southern Oregon, P. C., Medford, OR
Relevant relationships: None

Edwin Kim  MD FAAAAI
University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
Relevant relationships: None


The information disclosed by the presenters and planning committee members was reviewed in accordance with the AAAAI Disclosure Policy. All potential conflicts of interest were mitigated by the planners, faculty, and reviewers prior to their participation in the development of this activity.

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The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology designates this Other (live webinar & recorded videos) activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Credit claiming for this activity will expire at 11:59 pm on December 31, 2024. Requests to claim credit on or after January 1, 2025 will be subject to an administrative fee.


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