SPEAK UP Champions© Implicit and Explicit Bias LIVE Virtual Conference - February 16th & 23rd, 2021
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SPEAK UP Champions© Implicit and Explicit Bias LIVE Virtual Conference - February 16th & 23rd, 2021

It is an unacceptable fact that Black and indigenous people are more likely than people from other races to die or suffer injuries during pregnancy and childbirth. Implicit and Explicit SPEAK UP Training is a day-long interactive workshop that outlines strategies to help individuals and groups dismantle racism, provide quality equitable care, and reduce health disparities.

 Export to Your Calendar 2/16/2021 to 2/23/2021
When: Tuesday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 23, 2021
8:30 AM
Where: Virtual Live Conference (via Zoom)
United States
Presenter: Renee Byfield and Debra Bingham
Contact: Kent Hamilton

Online registration is available until: 2/17/2021
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the SPEAK UP Champions' Implicit and Explicit Bias Education is being offered on two separate days as four hour virtual live sessions via Zoom.

The first conference session begins at 8:30am (Central time) on Tuesday, February 16, and ends at 12:30pm. The second conference session will similarly begin at 8:30am (Central time) on Tuesday, February 23, and ends at 12:30pm. Your registration fee is for one person to attend both sessions and includes a copy of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement's SPEAK UP Workbook (retails at $49.99) and other conference supplies that will be mailed to each individual registrant.

Please click here to download a copy of the conference brochure and agenda.


Healthcare professionals who support and care for women before, during and after pregnancy or care for newborns.


1) Background Knowledge: Describe factors that contribute to perinatal disparities based on a social justice framework.
2) Improvement Science: Outline quality improvement strategies and tactics for eliminating implicit and explicit bias when caring for women before, during, and after pregnancy.
3) Action Plan: Develop a quality improvement action plan for ensuring equity in perinatal outcomes.


All participants are requested to complete the Harvard Implicit Bias (Race IAT) self-assessment prior to attending the SPEAK UP education. The test is free and can be accessed at: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html


 CNE will only be awarded to individuals who attend the two half-day sessions of the conference.


Each learner will receive a copy of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement (PQI) SPEAK UP Workbook. The SPEAK UP Workbook includes improvement science tools, perinatal examples and reference materials that are the foundation of correcting both explicit and implicit bias and developing and leading QI. Each learner will use their workbook during the conference to design and record their draft action plan, record their draft project aims, develop a draft logic model and a draft driver diagram.


For additional Information about the SPEAK UP program, Please Click here.



Dr. Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN, has over 30 years' experience in Maternal Child Health Nursing, a master's degree in perinatal nursing from Columbia University, and a doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Most of Debra's career has been spent working in hospital leadership positions at the front lines of healthcare. For example, she has held the positions of Director of Maternal Child Health Nursing for two hospitals in New York City, Manager of a large referral Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in New York City, a stand-alone birthing center in a small community hospital, and a fetal evaluation unit.

Debra has expertise in Quality Improvement (QI), health care safety, and implementation science.  Her dissertation topic was: "Improving front-line clinicians’ quality improvement implementation effectiveness." In addition, she has led numerous QI inter-disciplinary initiatives designed to improve the safety of healthcare.  She is an author of numerous articles published in peer reviewed journals and of implementation toolkits. Debra served as the Vice President of Research, Education, and Practice for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), where she led the development and launch of the Postpartum Hemorrhage Project, the Women’s Health and Perinatal Nursing Care Quality Measures, and the Maternal Fetal Triage Index.  Prior to working at AWHONN, Dr. Bingham was the first Executive Director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative where she helped form the collaborative and the California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (CA-PAMR) committee, co-authored the Obstetric Hemorrhage Toolkit, and launched the first CA-Obstetric Hemorrhage Multi-Hospital Collaborative. Debra was the Chair on the Council in Patient Safety in Women’s Healthcare (a volunteer organization comprised of representatives from 17 professional organizations). Debra is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and former Chair of Lamaze International's Institute for Safe and Healthy Births. 

Currently Dr. Bingham is an Associate Professor of Healthcare Quality and Safety at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, a perinatal clinical consultant and the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement.

Renée Byfield, MS, RN, FNP, C-EFM is a clinical leader specializing in obstetric and newborn care. She has held nurse management positions at Temple University Hospital. She has been a clinical nurse educator in both academic and hospital programs. At Temple and Drexel University Nursing schools in Philadelphia, PA, Renée taught in the undergraduate and master programs. She has held obstetric educator roles at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center – NYP. At Cornell, she became Patient Safety Administrator for the obstetric service where she coordinated quality improvement and perinatal patient safety initiatives. She developed and launched interdisciplinary simulation drills and team training as an AHRQ TeamSTEPPS master trainer.
As a Senior Manager of Clinical Program Development at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) she authored and facilitated development of Perinatal Orientation Education Program (POEP) and Neonatal Orientation Education Program (NOEP) 3rd and 4th editions and the Obstetric Patient Safety (OPS) Program focused on postpartum hemorrhage management utilizing simulation-based training. She serves on the Georgia Perinatal Quality Collaborative (GaPQC), Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Program Advisory Committee and Health Equity Subcommittee.
In 2018, Renée was selected by the March of Dimes as a Georgia Nurse of the Year Finalist receiving an Excellence in Nursing certificate. She is passionate about the positive impact that mutual respect and team collaboration has on patients, their families, and the community we serve.



Early Bird Registration

(Through December 15, 2020)

Includes SPEAK-UP

Workbook - $49.99 Value

Regular Registration

(If registered

December 16, 2020 or later)

Includes SPEAK-UP

Workbook - $49.99 Value

Current Paid PQI Individual or Premium Hospital Subscribers

$170.00 per person

Best Value

$190.00 per person

Best Value

UTMB staff or TETAF/TPS survey client who do not have a paid PQI subscription* $190.00 per person $214.00 per person

All who also purchase a paid individual PQI subscription*

$170.00 + $44.00 PQI Subscription= $214.00 per person Best Value
$190.00 + $44.00 PQI Subscription = $234.00 per person Best Value
All Others - Conference Fees Only $240.00 per person            $269.00 per person
*Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement (PQI) paid subscriptions include: Two Action Briefs per year and full QI Project Maps search capability. Go to www.perinatalQI.org for more details about the PQI Action Briefs and QI Project Maps.

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