“Dignity in Pregnancy & Childbirth: Preventing Racial Bias in Perinatal Care”
This is quite a remarkable example of how far intersectionality can be stretched.
The College Fix reports:
Pro-abortion professor creates critical race theory birth class
The University of Minnesota School of Public Health helped sponsor an online perinatal course on critical race theory and implicit bias, co-developed by an “antiracism” research center director and Planned Parenthood board member.
The continuing education course for health professionals, “Dignity in Pregnancy & Childbirth: Preventing Racial Bias in Perinatal Care,” focuses on “Black birthing people,” according to its website.
According to a university news release, the course is co-sponsored by the nonprofit Diversity Science with aid from the Minnesota Department of Health, the University of Minnesota, and the U. Minn. Center for Antiracism Research and Health Equity.
Public Information Officer Scott Smith at the Minnesota Department of Health told The College Fix in an email a “key goal of the curriculum is for health care healthcare professionals to deepen their understanding of the impact of structural racism on the health and healthcare of Black and Indigenous women and birthing people. “
In 2021, Minnesota passed the Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act, requiring hospitals and birthing centers to offer a “continuing education course on anti-racism training and implicit bias” to its employees and contractors.
The Fix asked course co-developer Rachel Hardeman via email twice over the past two weeks whether all inequities in health care are due to racism and, if so, how healthcare professionals address other causes. It has not received a response.
In March 2021, the University of Minnesota appointed Hardeman (pictured) as leader of its Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity, The Fix reported at the time.
She is a “reproductive health equity researcher” who studies racism inequity in health care, according to the Minnesota Population Center. She serves on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood of the North Central States.
Her “overarching goal is to contribute to a body of knowledge that links structural racism to health in a tangible way, identifies opportunities for intervention, and dismantles the systems, structures, and institutions that allow inequities to persist,” according to the Population Center.
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