Michigan on Tuesday finalized a requirement that all 440,000 licensed or registered health workers in the state undergo annual hidden bias training to help address inequalities in the treatment of patients.
The rule, which was initially ordered by Governor Gretchen Whitmer last July, will take effect from June 1, 2022.
Health workers seeking renewal of license or registration must complete at least one hour of training each year. New applicants will need to get at least two hours initially. Exemption will be given only in veterinary medicine.
The Democratic governor at Forest Community Health Center in Lansing said, “We all have some form of implicit bias. We have to accept it and use proven methods to reduce the impact of that bias that we all have.” bring it to the table.” He said the coronavirus pandemic has exposed and intensified underlying inequalities such as the disproportionate impact of health outcomes by race.
Whitmer last year ordered state employees to complete implicit bias training. According to the Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, implicit bias is defined as attitudes or stereotypes that affect people’s understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious way.
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