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Whitmer: Health workers must get 'implicit bias' training

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — All health workers in Michigan will be required to receive “implicit bias” training under a directive issued Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who said the mandate is intended to address the coronavirus pandemic's disproportionate impact on people of color.

The order requires the state licensing department to write rules requiring the training as part of the licensing and registration of health professionals.

The governor said evidence shows such training can “make a positive difference.” Black residents represent 14% of Michigan's population but account for 40% of COVID-19-related deaths.


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