First Bite #175 – March 09, 2022

Addressing Disparities in Healthcare

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined once again by Renee Garrett, MS Ed CCC-SLP, (from episode #155 “The Ethics of Evolving Your Scope of Practice). This time around, Renee shares her passion for addressing disparities in healthcare. As clinicians in speech-language pathology and audiology, we are tasked with providing services to all ages, ethnicities, gender expressions/identifications, races, national origins, and disabilities. During the last decade, more awareness and emphasis has been placed on identifying and understanding health disparities. Renee is here to inspire us to better understand how we as clinicians can support and foster change, by first defining health disparities and then identifying what our active role looks like. By providing resources for further education and policy impacts, we can move towards eliminating modifiable disparities: the things we can change. Join Michelle


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • Health disparities versus healthcare disparities.
  • 3 examples of health disparities.
  • Modifiable factors to reshape clinician’s implicit bias related to healthcare.


Renee Garrett, MS Ed CCC-SLP

Renee Garrett, MS Ed CCC-SLP, is a native of Hampton Roads, VA. She graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in speech-language pathology in 2008 and her Master’s of Science in Education in 2010, both from Old Dominion University. She has worked for Riverside Rehabilitation Institute in inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient settings, for Legacy Healthcare in assisted living, as well as for Sentara Healthcare in acute care hospitals and the day rehabilitation program, serving teens, adults and geriatric patients with dysphagia and a variety of communication and cognitive disorders.

Renee is FEES trained, privileged, and has supervised SLPs during their privileging process. Renee has a special interest in cognitive retraining post-TBI. She holds certification as a certified brain injury specialist from the Brain Injury Association of America and is active in educating families, friends and patients about dysphagia, communication, and cognitive disorders. She has served the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia in the roles of secretary, vice president of public relations, vice president of membership, president elect, president and is currently the past president.