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Governor Signs Directive Requiring Implicit Bias Training

Jul 10, 2020

On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2020-7, which directs the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to begin developing rules for implicit bias training as part of the knowledge and skills necessary for licensure, registration and renewal of licenses and registrations of health professionals. Implicit bias training was one of the recommendations made by the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, which Governor Whitmer created in response to the devastating and disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on communities of color.

Under Executive Directive 2020-7, LARA is required to consult with relevant stakeholders in the medical profession, in state government and elsewhere in the community by November 1, 2020 to help determine relevant goals and concerns under the new rules. LARA will work in collaboration with the relevant professional boards and task forces to promulgate the rules.

To read the full Executive Directive, please click here.

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