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Intro to Implicit Bias: The IAT and Me

Professional Education

Join us for this virtual, interactive Intro to Implicit Bias training that supports the new Implicit Bias law (NJ S703) signed by Governor Murphy for perinatal staff. This training will introduce perinatal staff to the Harvard Implicit Association Test (IAT) to assist perinatal healthcare professionals in identifying their own implicit biases, discuss examples of implicit bias in healthcare and identify tools to mitigate bias to reduce perinatal disparities. Please join us as we work toward providing equitable care and increasing positive outcomes for women of color in New Jersey. 

Prior to attending the training, participants should complete the Harvard Implicit Association Test (IAT) for 'Race' and two other selections of their choice. Participants should keep notes on their feelings about the IAT including their reactions to their results. Thoughts on the IAT will be discussed during a 20-minute breakout session. 

Link to Harvard Implicit Association Test (IAT):

OCTOBER 20, 2021 
5 - 6:30 PM | Free 
1.5 Continuing Education Credit for nurses

Target Audience: Nurses, Health Professionals who provide perinatal treatment, Home Visitors, Community Health Workers

About the Presenter

Dianne R. Browne, PhD, CFLE, CSE is the Project Director of Camden Healthy Start at the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative (SNJPC). Prior to coming to SNJPC, she amassed 25 years of service with the State of New Jersey in the Departments of Correction, Health, Education and Children and Families. After leaving the state, she was employed as a full-time professor at Widener University in Chester, PA. She returned to the community to become the project director of a CDC teen pregnancy prevention initiative at Access Matters in Philadelphia, PA. Her academic accomplishments include a PhD in Human Services Professions and an MEd in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University, an MA in Administration & Supervision for the Educator/Trainer from Montclair State University and a BS in Elementary Education from Trenton State College. 

Dr. Browne's training and educational experience related to implicit bias includes teaching a graduate level course in Reproductive Justice at Widener University. The course included a variety of topics including but not limited to implicit bias, racial justice, privilege, human rights and intersectionality. While at SNJPC, she conducted Health Equity Training sessions for professional and paraprofessionals working in fields related to maternal and child health. The training included an overview of maternal and infant health in the United States as compared to New Jersey as well as the root causes for the health inequities, the social determinants of health, disparities in birth and maternal outcomes and strategies for participants and/or their organizations to engage in this work. Dr. Browne and a colleague conducted focus groups with Black/African American women in Camden, NJ to examine the impact of race on their birth experiences and presented the preliminary findings at the Association for Maternal and Child Health Programs Annual Conference and the CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference. These findings revealed implicit bias in healthcare and caused her to continue to explore implicit bias, racial justice, equity and inclusion. Within SNJPC, Dr. Browne is involved in the diversity, equity and inclusion group, IDEA, which is working on developing a cultural competency plan for the organization. Outside of work, she is the chair of the Anti-Racism Team for the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She conducts conversations on race throughout the state and teaches the curriculum Transforming White Privilege, a joint project of The Center for Assessment and Policy Development (CAPD), MP Associates, and World Trust Educational Services. The goal of the curriculum is designed to help current and emerging leaders better identify, talk about and intervene to address white privilege and its consequences and in the process causing participants to confront their biases.


Knowledge:  At the conclusion of this training, learners will be able to define implicit bias and at least two related terms, discuss the results of their individual IAT experience and describe ways to mitigate implicit bias in healthcare.


The planners and speaker do not have any conflicts of interest to report for this activity. There is not commercial support for this activity.

Speakers are required to present balanced and unbiased presentations. The presentation has been reviewed and any bias has been eliminated.


To receive contact hours for this continuing education program, the registrant must login to the webinar, attend the entire presentation and complete and submit an online evaluation. A certificate of completion will be emailed within one week of the program.


This program has been awarded 1.5 contact hours.

Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative is an approved provider of nursing continuing professional development by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Provider Number: P106-2/19-22.


For information about nursing contact hours, please contact Lakeshia Montgomery at

This continuing education program is presented by the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative.