We want to make it easier to address potentially biased comments and urge people to speak up and educate others when a comment may reflect unconscious bias.
Speak up! Educate! is an educational program encouraging caregivers to speak up when they hear comments that may reflect bias so that these concerns may be discussed and clarified openly.
The program is voluntary and we currently are piloting it in the labor and delivery unit.
If you hear a comment from anyone (except a patient) that you think it might reflect a bias, please speak up and ask them to clarify what they meant.
All of us have unconscious biases and an educational program may make us more aware of how what we say is perceived by others.
There was broad support for the program from the leadership and staff.
If healthcare providers utilize the program and find it useful, then it will be disseminated to other areas.