Eliminating Inequities in Pain and Symptom Management

March 8, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00PM PT

As a consequence of structural racism and interpersonal biases, Black and other patients of color are systematically undertreated for pain, regardless of pain intensity and condition. Achieving health equity for these groups requires immediate and systematic change. A critical component of this change strategy is ensuring that every provider has the knowledge and skills they need to provide appropriate, equitable, and inclusive pain care to all their patients, regardless of race or ethnicity.

The goal of this webinar is to empower providers with the understanding and evidence-based skills they need to provide equitable, culturally responsive, and high-quality pain care to all patients.


Presentation topics include:

  • Understand the scope and magnitude of inequities in pain and symptom management.
  • Gain insight into the causes of inequities.
  • Be able to describe the individual and system factors needed to eliminate inequities in pain and symptom management.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023: 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. (PT)

Michelle van Ryn, PhD, MPH, LMFT
Distinguished Scientist
Diversity Science / Institute for Equity & Inclusion Sciences

Dr. Michelle van Ryn (pronouns: she/her) is Founder, CEO, and Distinguished Scientist for the Institute for Equity & Inclusion Sciences, dba Diversity Science, a public benefit corporation whose mission is to translate the best current evidence into practical and effective approaches for achieving true equity, and deep diversity and full inclusion. She has recently retired from holding the Grace Phelps Distinguished Professorship at the Oregon Health and Sciences University. Previously, she was director of the Research Program on Equity & Inclusion in Healthcare at Mayo Clinic and at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. van Ryn’s research focuses primarily on understanding and advancing the individual and organizational conditions which allow people to be their most unbiased, skilled, and effective selves when interacting with colleagues and the people they serve.

She has advanced insight into the impact of “invisible actors,” such as informal organization norms/diversity climate, implicit (unconscious) biases, inter-group anxiety, stereotype threat and affect, social interaction processes, and decision-making. Her work has improved the national awareness of how providers contribute to disparities in patient care and has led to a greater understanding of how improved healthcare encounters positively impact patient outcomes. She has provided evidence-driven training to dozens of organizations, has been invited to give over 75 presentations on her research, both nationally and abroad, and she has authored over 125 journal articles, abstracts, and other written publications.

HQI is an approved continuing education (CE) provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing and will provide CHPSO members an opportunity to earn CEs. Provider Number CEP16793 for 1.0 contact hour.

Please contact CHPSO at info@chpso.org if you have any questions.