|Posted:||November 18, 2019 02:30 PM|
|From:||Representative Morgan Cephas|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Resolving Implicit Bias in Healthcare|
|Healthcare in the United States is the most disparate it has ever been, with implicit biases and discrimination delivering a compounding effect felt by marginalized and underserved patients. It is imperative that we acknowledge the importance of culturally competent providers that are willing to adapt their practice according to the individuals and communities they serve.
Health and wellness are largely intersectional experiences, with every individual’s experience drastically differing from their neighbor’s. Pregnancy, acute care and chronic disease are prime examples of cases where race, ethnicity, gender and age can influence one’s experience and relationship with their provider. When looking at the issue of maternal morality and the disparities that black and minority women face it is imperative that issues like implicit bias are addressed. Maternal mortality effects black women at 3 times the rate of their white counterparts regardless of income and education level. Having access to culturally competent providers can improve maternal and infant mortality rates, post-operational outcomes, and overall patient comfort and peace of mind.
This legislation would require all health-related boards within the Department of State to complete implicit bias training as part of each profession’s continuing education requirements. Our hope is that marginalized communities may feel more connected and supported by providers, while healthcare grows to not only acknowledge, but nurture and honor the differences among us and our health.
Please join me in sponsoring this legislation to change the way we treat and care for our fellow Pennsylvanians.
Introduced as HB2110