Healthcare and mental healthcare professionals have a vital role in identifying, treating, and addressing racial trauma and injustice, moving our communities towards racial equity, and improving the health and wellbeing of all Americans.


We can impact the injustice of racism together.

Empire BlueCross BlueShield (“Empire”) has partnered with Motivo*, the first HIPAA-compliant digital platform that connects mental health therapists and clinical supervisors, to take on the challenge of facilitating conversations on racial injustice, trauma, and inequality among our providers and associates.


We are hosting Racial Equity forums on a quarterly basis to keep the conversation going. Please register for the next forum, Deconstructing Bias, to learn more about the impact of racism on healthcare and the people we serve, and what we can do about it.  


In Pursuit of Racial Equity: Deconstructing Bias

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Eastern, (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Pacific)

Register today!


Our racial equity forums focus on:

  • Exploring how racism takes shape in healthcare.
  • Discussing how to identify racism in your practice and how to be an ally to your patients.
  • Understanding the impact of prolonged exposure to racism on people of .
  • Providing you with actionable resources to put an end to racism in your practice.


Since October 2020, Empire has sponsored two virtual forums featuring healthcare professionals from Empire and Motivo: Racial Trauma in America and The Road to Allyship: Playing Your Part in Racial Equity.


We know we are on the right track because the racial equity forum participants say so.

  • 90% received meaningful information about the influence that racism and white privilege may have on their perspectives and gained an understanding on what actions they can take to make a difference and be an ally.
  • 86% obtained useful information and resources that will enhance their ability to serve patients.
  • 75% agreed that the forum helped them understand a different perspective.
  • 76% had some of their perspectives and beliefs challenged.


Systematic racism is a part of today’s healthcare system.

  • US physicians underestimate the pain level of Black patients 47% of the time vs. 33.5% of the time for white patients (PNAS).
  • Black women die from pregnancy or childbirth 243% more often than white women (CDC).


The first step to addressing racism is to recognize its existence, subtle or otherwise.

These conversations can be uncomfortable, but this is how you can do something about racial injustice now.


At Empire, we are determined to reduce racism in our communities with your support and participation.


*Motivo is an independent company providing a virtual forum on behalf of Empire.




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April 2021 Newsletter