Whitmer: Health Workers Must Get 'Implicit Bias' Training

Jul 9, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, (D) Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — All health workers in Michigan will be required to receive "implicit bias" training under a directive issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who says 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 Thursday that 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.