NAACP Professional Training


Creating Trust-Based, Patient-Centered Antiracist Patient-Provider Relationships

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Who is this training for?

Health care providers of all types: physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, nurse assistants, medical office staff, psychologists, counselors, midwives, doulas, massage therapists, healing touch practitioners—literally, anyone in the healing professions where patient-provider relationships are key. 

Dates and time:  All sessions are scheduled for the third Thursday of the month, 12:00 noon – 1:15 pm. Dates are May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19.

Registration fee:  Sliding scale, starting at $65 up to $125 for the series. Scholarships are available.

CMEs: CMEs provided through the American Academy of Family Physicians. One CME for each session attended. Claim CMEs for the number of sessions you attend. 

Session Overview

Session 1, May 20: “History and Current Context of Systemic Racism”

Presenter Mark Harris, MA, CADC I, MAC, NAACP Health Committee Co-Chair

Harris will discuss the historical background of racism in health care and challenge us to think about racism as a disease, as a co-occurring disorder, as a public health problem, and as a pandemic


Session 2, June 17, “Provider History and Environment”

Presenter Dr. Jaya Aysola, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine

This session will explore the power structure, culture, and economics of medical school that maintain and impact systemic racism. Dr. Aysola’s research focuses on developing and evaluating patient, provider, and system-level interventions to improve care outcomes for marginalized populations.

Session 3, July 15, “Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities”

Presenter Leslie Gregory, PA-C, founder and director of Right to Health 

This session will encourage a shared understanding of the subtleties and trauma of racism and how racism undermines the lifelong physical and mental health outcomes for people of color regardless of their socioeconomic status. Gregory brings to this presentation her experience as an antiracist facilitator and conflict facilitation mediator. She encourages the use of empathy, introspection, and intention in interpersonal and sociopolitical engagement. 

Session 4, August 19, “Creating Trust-Based, Patient-Centered, Antiracist Patient-Provider Relationships”

Presenter Dr. Laurie Cammon, Pediatrician, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose CA

Dr. Cammon will discuss strategies for improving patient-provider communication such as perspective-building and cultural humility, based on her experience working to improve health equity for underserved, urban patient populations. 


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As a 501(c)4 charitable organization, the mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. In Lane County, primary activities include implementation of education programs and events for public awareness and community building. The Eugene Springfield NAACP also coordinates institutional collaborations to increase cultural inclusion.

**Established in 1909 to protect the safety and human rights of America’s population of People of Color, the NAACP founded its first branch in Southern Oregon (Eugene) in 1976. While it services Lane County, it also maintains a leadership role in the State of Oregon and provides support to other regional offices. This is in part due to the leadership of its management and priorities set by its Education Committee.

*Donations made to our branch are not tax deductible due to our 501(c)4 status