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Implicit Bias:
Let's Talk About It

The FIMR CAT Implicit Bias Committee has been meeting since Nov 2021 to come up with community level actions to help address the topic of Implicit bias and its impact on communities with the highest infant mortality in the city of Chicago. 

In the Fall of 2022, The Chicago FIMR CAT will start hosting quarterly Townhall / Community Conversations around the topic of Implicit Bias. The FIMR CAT aims to create a community space to have open conversations, defining what implicit bias looks like in our communities, identifying ways it impacts our daily lives and create strategies to address the topic. 

We thank you all for allowing us to take this journey together and if you are new
to these conversations we are excited to have you join!

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April 22, 2024 - Upcoming Community Event

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Please join us as we continue the community conversation on Implicit bias and start shifting the conversation to action! 

If you know of someone who is interested in participating in these conversations please share this event!

To register for this event please select your preferred method of attendace

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to be kept up to day on upcoming events please send us a message at fimr@bsd.uchicago.edu or call us (773) 726-5659.

Jan 2023 (Sixth Implicit Bias Hybrid Community Event)

In January we hosted our third event on the west side of the city and started talking about the resistancy within the community. We started exploring opportunities how we can break down pre conceived notions about members and opportunities to shift narrative. 

 

A few of the topics that were touched on during this  conversation were:

  • How historic labels create barriers to individuals and opportunities to changes those labels

  • The power of community resiliancy

  • The impact that sharing our experiences has on changing percetiptions.

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Oct 2023 (Fifth Implicit Bias Hybrid Community Event)

In October we hosted our second event on the west side of the city and we had an honest conversation on the real-life impacts that Implicit bias has on us, regardless of how we look or the education we hold.

 

A few of the topics that were touched on during this  conversation were:

  • How regardless of the person, implicit bias presents itself in many different ways in many different interactions we have

  • Long-term consequences of actions guided by implicit bias beliefs and the real world cost it has on us.

  • Impact that negative labeling language has and the lasting effects that it has when we access care.

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July 2023 (Fourth Implicit Bias Hybrid Community Event)

At our July event we saw ourselves take this project to the west side of Chicago. The community showed up and we started breaking down barriers in our discussion. Participants felt comfortable really narrowing down the impact that implicit bias has in their lives and how we empower it ourselves at times.

 

A few of the topics that were touched on during this  conversation were:

  • How we as a community contribute to its power

  • Opportunites on how we can call it out as its happening

  • How to hold organizations responsible accountable when they contribute to this culture

  • Words have power and we need to make sure we take back that power to help support our communites

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April 2023 (Third Implicit Bias Hybrid Community Event)

At our April event, we dive deeper into the topic of implicit bias sharing more experiences and how they have impacted our lives. We also started discussing how we bring in allies to help address implicit bias as its happening.

 

A few of the topics that were touched on during this  conversation were:

  • How healthcare plays are role in addressing implicit bias

  • The incomfortableness that addressing implicit bias can cause

  • Negative impacts of calling implicit bias out.

  • How we can keep others and ourselves accountable when we see Implicit bias negatively impacting others in the community.

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Jan 2023 (Second Implicit Bias Hybrid Community Event)

Our second event on Jan 2023 allowed us to continue the conversation and share personal experiences on how implicit bias has impacted us. We came together as a community to ask questions and support one another as we start to develop possible ways of addressing implicit bias.

 

A few of the topics that were touched on during this  conversation were:

  • Continued to break down how implicit bias is perpetuated by the media

  • How implicit bias impacts our culture and future opportunities

  • Research completed on the topic and how its changing policies.

  • How we can keep others and ourselves accountable when we see Implicit bias negatively impacting others in the community.

Oct 2022 (First Implicit Bias Hybrid Community Event)

In October 2022 we held our first event aimed at defining what implicit bias is. This event was hybrid event over Zoom and at the BCBS Blue Door Center (Morgan Park). We came together as a community and started peeling back the layers of how implicit bias impacts all parts of our lives. 

A few of the topics that were touched on during this first conversation were:

  • How implicit bias is perpetuated by the media

  • Implicit bias and the educational system

  • The contribution of implicit bias and inequity to disparities in healthcare outcomes

  • The difficulty of addressing implicit bias in a world with systems of perceived professional and personal hierarchy (Doctor/Patient or Individual/Parents/Grandparents)

Exploring Implicit Bias: Here are some items to review before our meeting if you need a refresher to our first conversation.

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