Come explore why:


● Students may not be effective in cultural humility or creating a culturally safe practice until they understand their role in issues of social power and dominant social norms.

● Incorporating an in-depth exploration of the impacts of racism, power, and privilege as social determinants of health is a challenging but necessary component of cultural competency training for all health care practitioners.

● A lengthy primer may be necessary to orient students to racism, power, and privilege in US society and how these impact health and the provider-patient relationship.

● Faculty must be well equipped to address social differences that inevitably arise in the classroom. 

Presenters published on this topic in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health (Nov 2016).



This course has been approved by MEAC for 1.5 hours of continuing education. The MEAC approval number for this course is M2021-78-06301DE, and this approval is current through July 31, 2023. 

The previous MEAC approval number for this course was M1819-85-0811DE, for July 2019 through July 2021.

Safiya A. U. McCarter

Instructor bios:

Safiya A. U. McCarter, ND, MSAOM, is a Naturopathic Physician in the state of Washington. In addition to her private medical practice, she serves as adjunct faculty at Bastyr University in the School of Naturopathic Medicine and Department of Midwifery, the ND Alumni Admissions Advisor and Co-Chair of the Multicultural Mentorship Group, an initiative of the Bastyr University Center for Social Justice and Diversity. Dr. McCarter is a passionate educator and presenter on topics regarding Cultural Awareness and diversity. She is particularly interested in the intersection of diversity, healthcare and medical education. She has also provided diversity trainings and presentations for staff, core clinical and didactic faculty as well as medical students at Bastyr University.
Safiya A. U. McCarter

Wendy M. Gordon

Wendy M. Gordon, CPM, LM, MPH, is a core faculty member the Midwifery Department at Bastyr University. She also provides prenatal, birth and postpartum care to families through the Center for Birth Midwives in Seattle. Wendy Gordon's teaching interests include the provision of excellent midwifery care in home and birth center settings; the role of racism in perinatal health disparities; the development of critical thinking skills; and the ability to translate and evaluate research for both clinical and political purposes. Gordon serves on the board of directors of the Association of Midwifery Educators (AME) as the director of equity initiatives, and as a board member and officer for the Washington Midwifery Foundation. She is active in the Midwives Association of Washington State (MAWS) as a member of the Data Committee, and is also a member of the Practice Committee Workgroup for the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM).
Wendy M. Gordon

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Webinar Recording
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    • Incorporating Antiracism Coursework Into a Cultural Competency Curriculum
  • 02
    Post-Tests to Generate CE/CEU Certificates
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    • MEAC Evaluation Questions
    • MEAC Post-Test
    • MEAC CE Certificate

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