Michigan on Tuesday finalized a requirement that all licensed or registered health care workers in the state undergo annual hidden injury training to help address disparities in the way patients are treated.
The rule, initially ordered by Governor Gretchen Whitmer last July, will go into effect on June 1, 2022.
Employees who renew their license or registration must complete at least one hour of training each year. New candidates are required to receive at least two hours initially. Only those in veterinary medicine will be exempt.
“We all have some form of implicit prejudice. We must recognize this and use proven methods to lessen the impact of this prejudice that we all bring to the table,” the Democratic governor told the Forest Community Health Center in Lansing. The coronavirus pandemic, he said, has exposed and aggravated the underlying inequities such as the disparate impact of health outcomes per race.
Last year Whitmer ordered State employees to complete an implicit injury training. Implicit prejudice is defined as attitudes or stereotypes that influence people’s understanding, actions, and decisions unconsciously, according to the Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University.