Navigating Implicit Bias in the Workplace

In the workplace and the community, Athletic Trainers have a unique opportunity to foster an environment which is inclusive, equitable and diverse. The ability to navigate the unconscious attitudes or stereotypes one may have can influence their decisions, actions, and understanding of the community they serve, and work alongside. Addressing implicit bias is vital to the workplace and can affect aspects of hiring, patient care, and practices. Creating and maintaining a practice which is equitable and culturally competent can be challenging for a practitioner. Research indicates a need for Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students to increase their cultural proficiency within clinical practice.  Implicit bias education and strategies of mitigation should be included during structural and institutional policy changes as a method for achieving greater health equity and decrease the gap of those from marginalized communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and identify the difference between explicit and implicit biases.
  • Understand the causes of implicit bias; how they form and operate; and how media can influence societal norms to influence and perpetuate implicit biases.
  • Acknowledge and identify the potential harm and negative consequences of implicit biases in healthcare and the workplace. 
  • Explore strategies to recognize, interrupt and mitigate implicit bias. 


Domain 5: Health Care Administration and Professional Responsibility

1.0 Category A

Keywords: Inclusion, implicit bias, cultural awareness, DEIA, diversity, 

Carlitta Moore, EdD, LAT, ATC

Dr. Carlitta Moore serves in the role of the Clinical Education Coordinator/Assistant Professor for the Master of Athletic Training Program at Arkansas State University, as well as the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the College of Nursing and Health Professions. During her time at A-State, she has served as the current National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) District Six Representative, Chair of the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) EDAC and the past Chair/member of the Arkansas Athletic Trainers’ Association (AATA) Diversity and Inclusion Committee. At Arkansas State University, she is the Faculty Senate Vice President and President of the Black Faculty and Staff Association. Dr. Moore also on Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Professional Programs Accreditation Council, and the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) Board of Directors.

Previously Dr. Moore served as the Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer at Fayetteville State University, and was the first African-American female Head Athletic Trainer at Fayetteville State. Dr. Moore commits her service as a member of the Community Health Education Foundation (CHEF) in Jonesboro, AR, and a Diamond Life Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

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