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Kane County Democratic Women to discuss bias in health care

Women and Power Speakers Series to present major panel

BATAVIA – Kane County Democratic Women will present the third program in its Women and Power Speaker Series, a panel discussion on “Tackling Implicit Bias in Health Care,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Batavia Public Library.

Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect one's understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner, a news release stated. The biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control. Audience members will learn how it relates to health care, and what steps can be taken to bring awareness to the problem.

Confirmed panelists include the following.

• Anthony Charles Galloway, director of civic engagement for Equality Illinois

• Brielle Treece Osting, director of the Maternal and Infant Mortality Initiative for Ever Thrive Illinois

• B. Deonn Strathman, director of community engagement and adolescent health initiatives, Planned Parenthood

• Luvia Quinones, health policy director, Illinois Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights

• Lauren Underwood, 14th Congressional District candidate

• State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, serving the 84th District

Seating is limited at the free forum, and preregistration is requested, with tickets available at Batavia Public Library is at 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. For more information, contact Corinne Pierog of St. Charles, who chairs KCDW, at

The stated mission of KCDW is to harness the political power of Democratic women to create positive social change through engagement, education and empowerment. Meetings are open to the public at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at Colonial Café, 1625 E. Main St., St. Charles.

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