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Apr 14

Achieving Cultural Awareness in Health Care: Building Relationships for Health Equity

Date: April 14, 2023 Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM St. Francis Center

Achieving Cultural Awareness in Health Care conference aims to reduce health disparities by educating Siouxland students and professionals about the importance of providing evidence-based care to individuals, groups, and populations who come from culturally diverse backgrounds. The conference will focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in health care. 


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Liz Rembold: Implicit Bias
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM Break & Refreshments
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Julian Lee: DEI and Health Equity
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A with Liz Rembold, Julian Lee, and Unity Point Health DEI Team


  1. Define and recognize unconscious bias and identify how it can appear in daily life. 
  2. Describe types of bias and how bias traps can happen.
  3. Describe the role of courage in unconscious bias.
  4. Develop strategies to overcome unconscious bias personally and professionally.
  5. List the foundational elements of diversity, equity, inclusion, and why they matter for business and for improved health outcomes.
  6. Discuss the basics of health equity, as well as the current state of health inequities in general, and relate this to the current state of health equity in Siouxland.
  7. Describe the foundational steps needed to embark on a DEI journey within your organization.

About the Speakers

 Liz Rembold, MSW, LISW, CSW-PIP

Liz Rembold, MSW, LISW, CSW-PIP maintains over 20 years of professional experience with an expertise in health care with emphasis in addiction and mental health care, including 9 years in teaching and administration in higher education. She is currently the Associate Provost of Student Success and Student Life at Briar Cliff University, where she was named Distinguished Faculty in 2016.

Ms. Rembold has served as an adjunct instructor for the University of Iowa Master of Social Work program since August 2006. From 2005 to 2012, Liz worked as a licensed clinical social worker providing individual, group, and family therapy to children and their families. She completed psychosocial assessments, diagnoses, and treatment for substance use and mental health disorders. During her time at Lewis and Clark Behavioral Health, she served as a contracted mental health provider for the Yankton Sioux Tribe under the Tiwahe Wakan Yankton Sioux Tribe System of Care SAMHSA grant from 2006 to 2009. From 2012 to 2014 she was a psychiatric social worker at the South Dakota Human Services Center, the state’s only public psychiatric hospital.  

Ms. Rembold’s educational background brings a blend of expertise to include mental health and substance use disorder treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her undergraduate education was from the University of South Dakota, where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She achieved her master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa with an emphasis in family-centered practice. She is currently a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at the University of South Dakota. Ms. Rembold is a South Dakota resident and is a licensed independent clinical social worker in both Iowa (LICSW) and South Dakota (CSW-PIP). 
 Julian Lee

Julian Lee is the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Process Improvement at the Siouxland Community Health Center, in Sioux City, Iowa. His main role includes helping lead the Siouxland Community Health Center’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and organizational performance transformation. He leads and coordinates all organizational DEI and Health Equity related strategies. He also focuses on facilitating and coaching improvement teams across the organization, in efforts to analyze and improve processes for the enhancement of the overall patient healthcare experience. The key goal in his role is to help advance the organizational mission of health equity for all.

Mr. Lee graduated from Briar Cliff University with a BA in business administration in 2012, a Master of Arts in Management in 2015, and a Master of Healthcare Administration in 2017. He is certified in Lean Healthcare and Organization Performance through The University of Michigan’s School of Integrative Systems and Design. In addition to this, he is certified and specializes in diversity, equity, and inclusive leadership. Through professional certifications from Purdue University and The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and through firsthand management experience, Julian excels in the area of teaching leaders and organizations about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive leadership.

Mr. Lee is currently working on a Doctor of Business Administration with an emphasis in healthcare through Northcentral University. Mr. Lee’s doctoral research focuses on reducing racial inequality in healthcare. He is passionate about becoming a change agent within the area of health disparities and improving the quality of care for all.

This conference is sponsored by the Briar Cliff University Center for Interprofessional Education, Practice and Scholarship (CIEPS).

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