From surviving to thriving: Building personal resilience in the era of micro, macro, and “atomic” aggressions.

We often hear about the role of microaggressions, macroaggressions, and atomic aggressions during discussions about health equity. Often driven by unconscious bias, microaggressions are intrinsic to the processes of marginalization, racism and sexism that impact both patients and providers during the complex interactions that occur every day in the healthcare setting. How do we go about reducing and eliminating these types of harmful behaviors and transgressions? Can raising awareness at the grassroots level and then legal remedies at the policy level work in tandem to change behavior and provide protection?

In today’s roundtable discussion, our panel explores these questions from a variety of perspectives, touching on the importance of fostering an inclusive culture for diverse students heading towards healthcare professions, and how this will also benefit patients. Hosted by Dr. Michelle Leak, and featuring Sarah Wenger, DPT, Christina M. Jimenez, PhD, Frank McClellan, JD, and with a special guest appearance from Augustus A. White, III, MD, PhD, a pioneer in our understanding of implicit bias in healthcare.

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“Microaggressions are really like papercuts, a subtle word, action, or comment, that is often unintentional. If it is intentional, it moves up the intensity to a macro or even atomic level.” – Christina Jimenez.

“The healthcare system is designed to perpetuate health disparities and health inequities, that really is an atomic type of transgression.” – Michelle Leak

“I titled my book Healthcare & Human Dignity because the more I reflected on the stories that were told to me as a practicing lawyer, the more I realized they were recurring instances of people who had suffered serious emotional harm.” – Frank McClellan

“We recognize transgressions as a form of stress, and we know a lot about how stress affects us physiologically, psychologically, and socially, on all levels of our lives.” – Sarah Wenger

“Cultivating awareness amongst our organizational communities is work that is really meaningful. It is important to change minds and behaviors and create a greater sense of belonging, equity and inclusion.” – Christina Jimenez.