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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 5, 2021 02:43 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. Having access to culturally competent providers can improve maternal and infant mortality rates, post-operational outcomes, and overall patient comfort and peace of mind.
In order to ensure healthcare providers are providing inclusive care, I will be introducing legislation that 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. My 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 HB1176