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Regardless of discipline, health care clinicians (licensed and unlicensed) function under the guise of inclusivity. We usually operate under this guise based purely on assumptions or our own ideologies of ‘doing no harm’. Regretfully, we often forget that “harm” is fluid and means something different for everyone. In Idaho, there is a noticeable lack of diversity, and that’s why equity, inclusion and allyship should be not only imperative, but a priority in healthcare regardless of the realm (medical facility, schooling, simulation, etc).
Gabrielle Davis (she/her) is a respiratory therapist at St. Luke's Health System in Boise. There, she serves as the COPD Educator and the Inpatient Nicotine Treatment Program Coordinator. Gabby is also a licensed professional counselor and owner of Equitable Counseling & Consulting, LLC. Currently Ave serves as the president of the Idaho Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling and is the chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the American Association of Respiratory Care. Gabby is the adult facilitator for a local LGBTQIA+ youth social and support group in Boise where she gets to be constantly reminded why kids are better than adults. In her free time, she enjoys reminding health care professionals that nicotine addiction is a disease versus a choice, dispelling myths about the definition of allyship and encouraging folks to say I don't know instead of pretending to know.
Recognize implicit biases during patient, colleague and student encounters.
Identify the ways that implicit biases can cause harm.
Determine methods of allyship during patient, colleague and student interactions.
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