Addressing bias in your hiring practices

A more diverse EMS workforce provides more equitable care

How can we help EMS look more like the population it serves?  We must examine our policies and their impact on who we are hiring and retaining.

In this episode of The EMS Educator podcast, hosts Rob Lawrence and Hilary Gates, MAEd, NRP; welcome guests Katie O’Connor, EMS educator and simulation expert in LA County and Washington D.C.’s GWU; Sahaj Khalsa, Santa Fe (NM) Community College's EMS program director; and Prodigy's Medical Director, Maia Dorsett, MD, PhD, FAEMS, FACEP.

Our guests discuss how social determinants of health can affect employee success and how our seemingly well-thought out requirements may actually harm our diversity efforts. 

If you’re a chief, recruiter, educator or EMS employer, this podcast is a must listen. The people who write policies are gatekeepers to this profession, and we still have a ways to go to diversify the EMS workforce. 

Have a listen to Part 1, Addressing Bias in Patient Care.

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