Project Director, Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH

We are proud to be working with project director Rachel Hardeman, PhD and her colleagues at the University of Minnesota Center for Antiracism Research and Health Equity (CARHE) to develop and provide an anti-racism eLearning course and resources for perinatal care providers. The interactive and engaging course will equip providers and clinicians to interrupt racism and provide bias-free and equitable perinatal care for Black and Indigenous Birthing People. The course will be appropriate for perinatal care providers across the country but will specifically meet the training requirements outlined in the Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act (MN § 144.1461),  which goes into effect in January 2023. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What resources will be available?

Three types of resources are available:

  1. Two online training courses. The first, expected to be available in January of 2023, will empower perinatal care providers to provide equitable, respectful, and high-quality care for Black birthing people (~60 minutes).  The second, expected to be available by June of 2023, builds on the first but will focus on eliminating inequities and providing high-quality, respectful, and equitable care for Indigenous birthing people (~30 minutes). These courses will provide:
    • Deeper insight into the ways structural racism and implicit racial biases undermine the quality of perinatal care
    • Specific, feasible, evidence-based strategies for providing high-quality, respectful, and patient-centered care to Black and Indigenous patients, and
    • Tools for protecting their patients from the impact of racism, stigma, and marginalization.
  2. Printable job aides / supportive handouts
  3. References for further learning

Diversity Science also provides facilitated workshops that build on these powerful learning resources.  You can learn more by contacting us at [email protected]

How can individuals complete the e-Learning?

At this time, we are working with the Minnesota Health Department to ensure that Minnesota providers will have free open access to this course on the Diversity Science Learning Management System at https://learn.diversityscience.org/.  That process is not final so check back in January. Upon course completion, learners will receive a printable Certificate of Completion and an email documenting their achievement.  CE credit will also be available for a small fee.

Providers who do not work in Minnesota will have access to the course for a $20 fee.

How can organizations provide e-Learning to their staff?

Health care organizations will have three options:

  1. Minnesota organizations that have an existing LMS for e-learning delivery may prefer to license the e-Learning modules in SCORM (Shareable Content Object Reference Model). These formats are compatible with the vast majority of LMS. After committing to and signing the agreement, organizations will be provided access to the files for use on their internal LMS.What does this cost?
    At this time, we are working with the Minnesota Department of Health to make this free to Minnesota organizations that provide perinatal care throughout 2023.  That arrangement is still in process, so please check back in January or sign up for updates.
  2. Organizations may wish their employees to complete the E-Learning experience on the Diversity Science learning management system.  There are some advantages to this choice since we often add additional resources.There are two options for organizations choosing this method
    i) Ask your employees to self-register and, after successful completion of the course, provide you with a copy of their printable electronic Certificate of Completion.
    ii) You may prefer to work with us to register and track your employees’ completion. In this option, we provide completion reports, or you designate a course manager (from your organization) to monitor completion (or both).
    What does this cost?
    At this time, we are working with the Minnesota Department of Health to make this free to Minnesota organizations that provide perinatal care throughout 2023.  That arrangement is still in process, so please check back in January or sign up for updates.

How much will it cost?

At this time, we expect that all of the e-learning modules and resources developed for this project will be available free of charge to providers and organizations in Minnesota due to the sponsorship of the Minnesota Department of Health.  This plan is not entirely finalized, so check back or sign up for updates below. There will be a small fee to defray our delivery costs for providers and organizations outside of Minnesota.

CE credits (1 hour) will be available upon completing a post-course exam for a small fee.

Are these resources for Minnesota only?

These resources are NOT limited to Minnesota.  They meet the requirements of similar laws in other states, such as Maryland and California.  However, the University of Minnesota CARHE and the Minnesota Health Department sponsored this project, and so Minnesota providers and organizations are currently prioritized for relevance and access.

How will these learning modules make a difference?

Through this training, healthcare professionals have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the impact of structural racism on the health and healthcare of Black and Indigenous birthing people. They will learn strategies to interrupt institutional racism and racial bias and protect the health and well-being of Black and Indigenous mothers,  birthing people, and infants.The learning modules will also serve as a starting point for many organizations in addressing health equity and structural racism organizationally. A common knowledge base and language can serve as common ground for future dialogue, advocacy, training, capacity building, and policy changes that will ultimately create the institutional change needed to improve the health and well-being of all patients.

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