CWRU offers three VR training platforms for healthcare teams to better understand the circumstances and experiences of their patients.


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.

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.

Individuals or groups can register for a VR training session

CWRU teams provide on-site training using:

VR headsets: Can accommodate up to 10 individuals at one time using Oculus Quest headsets.

Chromecast: Larger groups experience the simulations displayed using Chromecast.


Up to 40 minutes per VR training session, including pre- and post-surveys.

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

In 360-degree video, participants can:

  • Meet the Williams family, and observe the life of a low-income family over one month
  • Manage challenges such as housing, transportation, and employment by making choices at critical decision points
  • Observe how choices impact the physical, social, financial, and mental well-being of the family

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Addressing Bias to Improve Maternal & Infant Health Outcomes

Understand how social determinants of health and unconscious bias can adversely contribute to infant mortality and health care disparities

Participants will use a learning management system to:

  • Complete eight online learning modules that address how systemic discrimination adversely impacts patients’ well-being and birth outcomes
  • View a 360-degree video to learn about challenges identified by mothers and fathers related to their experiences from prenatal to one year postpartum care
  • Access an AR app that explores a patient’s pregnancy journey

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

Bernadette Kerrigan, MSSA, LISW

Gina Weisblat, PhD

Contact Us

To register for a VR training session or for more information email