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Minnesota university teaches structural racism is public health crisis, physicians ‘must’ be antiracist

The University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health is using curriculum that teaches that structural racism is a public health crisis and that physicians have an obligation to be antiracist.

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s Center For Antiracism Research For Health Equity [CAHRE], the Minnesota Department of Health, and an organization called Diversity Science collaborated on developing a curriculum to help medical professionals provide perinatal care for Black and Indigenous “birthing people.”

Diversity Science is a public company that provides training programs that are intended to help organizations foster diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. According to Diversity Science’s website, they are an “evidence-based organization” that provides clients with real-world knowledge and effective programs.

“This curriculum was developed in partnership between CARHE and Diversity Science. It is designed for Minnesota health care providers and is external to University of Minnesota academic programs. Pursuant to Minnesota Statute, section 144.1461, subdivision 2, the Commissioner of Health, in coordination with the Minnesota Hospital Association, will monitor the implementation of the statute.”

“In 2021, Minnesota state lawmakers passed the Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act (MN § 144.1461). In 2022, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity (CARHE) was written into the session law (Ch 98, art 1, s 68) and granted funding through the Minnesota Department of Health ‘to develop a model curriculum on anti-racism and implicit bias for use by hospitals with obstetric care and birth centers to provide continuing education to staff caring for pregnant or postpartum women.’” 

Diversity Science and the Minnesota Department of Health didn’t immediately respond for comment.

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