Documents acquired by watchdog Do No Harm and examined by the Daily Caller News Foundation reveal that the University of Minnesota spent $219,633 creating a training program that instructs healthcare workers about “structural racism” in the healthcare field as a result of “white supremacy.”
The Minnesota State Dept. of Health says that the course was made by Diversity Science to meet the requirements of the Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act, which officially took effect earlier this year.
“This is a lot of money for a taxpayer-funded medical school to put toward a virtual training module,” Do No Harm program head Laura Morgan stated to the DCNF.
Talking about “racism and bias in perinatal care” is part of the hour-long diversity, equality, and inclusion training session.
The University’s Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity says, “From the beginning of the history of the U.S., white supremacy has been used to justify and support slavery along with colonialism.” This led to “myths that Black and Indigenous individuals are inherently ‘below’ white people.”
Do No Harm acquired a paper that talks about women a lot as “birthing people.”
The training paper said, “Black birthing people are about two times more likely to die from pregnancy complications compared to white birthing people, and Native American birthing people are about four times more likely to die. Black and Native American babies are more than twice as likely as white babies to die prior to their first birthday.”
A movie from Diversity Science says that “80% of fatal outcomes of black birthing individuals are preventable.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that 84% of all pregnancy-related deaths, regardless of race, could have been avoided.
The training program says that “white supremacy,” “structural racism,” as well as “implicit racial bias” are “linked and reinforce each other.” It says that these “unconscious” but “automatic” implicit attitudes about race “affect the health care that Black and Indigenous people are given.”
The course of study at the university states that “structural racism has become a public health crisis” and exhorts medical professionals to “counteract the burdens” by putting “antiracism as a core professional competency” into practice, “desegregating workers,” and providing “culturally- and relationship-centered medical care.”
In addition to reading the training paper, doctors and nurses watch a movie that shows a timeline of racism within the healthcare business. The timeline, called “Stereotype: Black people do not feel pain in exactly the same way that white people do,” began in 1619 and then skips the Civil Rights Movement as well as any progress made in the business.
“Today,” the timeline says, “studies still find racial differences in pain care, including care for postpartum pain.”