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Whitmer says anti-bias training will be required for health licenses

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a directive that will require health care professionals to be trained in ways to guard against bias as a condition of being licensed or re-licensed to practice.

She says that will include courses offered by state-licensed medical schools.

“I’ve asked our medical partners and universities to incorporate implicit bias training into their curriculum, as people of color seek health care, they’ll be treated with equal dignity and respect, which will yield better outcomes.”

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist leads a task force that’s examining the racial disparities in coronavirus infections and deaths. He says disparities in health care existed before the crisis. But COVID-19 has shown the need to make changes.

“We have an opportunity -- those of us who are working and living and leading today, we have that opportunity to be that different set of people who make a different set of choices, that establish a new set of systems and a different framework and a different paradigm that can lead to a different set of more-equitable outcomes.”

The governor warned tougher restrictions may return as the number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan trend in the wrong direction.

She also hinted there may be new actions soon to help better enforce orders that require social distancing and wearing masks.

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