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Harris, Adams Announce Legislation to Support Bias and Anti-Racism Training in COVID-19 Response

This week, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) announced a new bill, the COVID-19 Bias and Anti-Racism Training Act, intended to address inequities in our health care system. This $200 million initiative supports bias and anti-racism training for health care providers and others involved in COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccine distribution. This legislation also promotes accountability to ensure people of color receive equal access to quality health care. Representative Alma S. Adams (D-NC-12) will introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) is quoted in the press release from Senator Harris.

The Association of Black Cardiologists applauds this timely legislation,” said Dr. Michelle Albert, MD, MPH, President, Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. “The ABC has longstanding leadership on health disparities, and the recent focus on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African-Americans among whom a history rooted in racism and segregation has patterned deficient educational and economic opportunities and lack of quality health care. In addition to patient related bias, it is also crucial we address racial and ethnic bias against African-American providers as portrayed in a recent powerful ABC webinar because the experiences are intertwined and ultimately affect race related health inequity.”

The COVID-19 Bias and Anti-Racism Training Act is supported by the Association of Black Cardiologists, American Hospital Association, American Public Health Association, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Association of American Medical Colleges, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Black Women’s Health Imperative, California Hospital Association, California Medical Association, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California Rural Indian Health Board, CLASP, Color of Change, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, Families USA, Justice in Aging, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, National Birth Equity Collaborative, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, National Council of Urban Indian Health, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association, National Urban League, Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Third Way, Trust for America’s Health, UnidosUS, and University of California.


The bill text can be found HERE

A one-pager on the bill can be found HERE

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