CWRU’s three VR training platforms sensitize participants to systemic and individual challenges that impact minority and low-income populations. Each interactive VR experience trains participants to recognize complex social determinants of health and understand the resulting poor health outcomes that disproportionately affect vulnerable groups. These platforms aim to eliminate health disparities in Ohio by reinforcing and strengthening empathetic approaches to patient care.


To advance health equity for Ohio’s Medicaid population
by increasing healthcare providers and their teams’ cultural competence and awareness
of implicit bias through virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) training.


The VR platforms educate healthcare teams to better understand and serve the needs of their patients.

These simulation experiences can be a powerful tool for anyone seeking to better understand the impact of social determinants of health and implicit bias.

Why virtual reality training?

Virtual reality experiences allow for full sensory immersion in a simulated environment. Providers can directly observe patients’ challenging circumstances to tailor care to a patient’s social, economic, and environmental factors.

VR Platforms

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Families Living in Poverty

Sensitize participants to the day-to-day challenges of living in poverty through the observed experience of low-income individuals.

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Meet the Team

Principal Investigator: Michael W. Konstan, MD

Neighborhood Immersion for Compassion & Empathy

Amy Sheon, PhD, MPH

Scott Frank, MD, MS

Families Living
in Poverty

Marie Clark, MD, MPH

Claudia Hoyen, MD

Addressing Bias to Improve Maternal & Infant Health Outcomes

Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, MD, MEd, MPPM

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