At Lingraphica, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment within the broader healthcare community. By acknowledging the disparities experienced by marginalized communities and encouraging healthcare professionals to consider the broader factors impacting health outcomes, we are striving for a more inclusive and patient-centered approach to care. Our on-demand course Equity in Healthcare: Be the Change, developed in collaboration with Dr. Treasyri Williams Wood, aims to equip healthcare professionals with a deeper understanding of the disparities in healthcare as well as provide tools to address them.
The primary goal of our DEI course is to raise awareness among healthcare professionals about the multifaceted nature of healthcare disparities. By exploring the broader factors that influence health outcomes, participants will gain a more comprehensive understanding of the systemic challenges faced by marginalized communities. This knowledge will inform their interactions with patients and help them navigate the healthcare system in a more inclusive and culturally competent manner.
Dr. Wood brings a wealth of expertise and experience to this course. As a clinical doctorate and an ASHA board member at large, she has dedicated her career to advocating for DEI-related issues and advancing the SLP profession. Her work at DePaul University’s free clinic is rooted in her commitment to overcoming barriers to care, including social determinants of health (SDOH) such as financial limitations and transportation challenges. Her holistic approach and her commitment to addressing inequity provide a foundation for clinical education that goes beyond the immediacy of having a patient directly in front of a clinician and instead examines all the moving pieces that impact overall health outcomes.
Improving access to speech-language pathology services requires a multifaceted approach that addresses the social determinants contributing to barriers. […] Through collaborative efforts between professionals, organizations, and policymakers, we can enhance accessibility, reduce disparities, and ensure that individuals in need receive the essential speech-language pathology services they deserve. – Dr. Treasyri Williams Wood
We recognize that inequities in healthcare extend beyond the immediate patient-provider interaction. This new course dives deep into the discrepancies in care specifically faced by marginalized communities, shedding light on the root causes of these inequities and their impact on access to quality care.
True progress in healthcare requires a commitment to embracing diversity, challenging the status quo, and dismantling systemic barriers. By equipping SLPs with the knowledge and tools to address inequities, we can work together to create a more inclusive and equitable healthcare landscape. By acknowledging the disparities experienced by marginalized communities and encouraging healthcare professionals to consider the broader factors impacting health outcomes, we are striving for a more inclusive and patient-centered approach to care.
Dr. Treasyri Williams Wood is a proud alumnus of Western Michigan (B.S.), Hampton (M.A.) and Northwestern University (SLPD). As the Director of Clinical Education at DePaul University, she specializes in teaching topics related to advocacy, neural bases of communication and social determinants of health. She enjoys educating fellow professionals, community members and graduate students. She is passionate about developing person-centered interventions for individuals with swallowing, cognitive and communicative deficits as a result of neurogenic dysfunction. She serves as member at large in speech language pathology on the American Speech and Hearing Association Board of Directors and is on the SIG 2: Neurogenic Disorders professional development committee. Her blog, Willwood Insights, combines case-studies and expert advice to provide tools and wisdom for SLPs seeking to expand their treatment strategies: WillWood Insights: Beyond the Surface
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