Implicit Bias Training Requirement
A change to the Michigan Public Health Code requires all registered dental professionals (dentists, registered dental hygienists, and registered dental assistants) to take three hours of implicit bias training. The implicit bias training requirement applies to all license renewals after June 1, 2022.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, in conjunction with the Michigan Board of Dentistry, has these rules for fulfilling the requirement:
- Three hours every licensing period for registered dental professionals.
- In-person training or live webinar only. (No pre-recorded or on-demand courses allowed.)
- Training must be from one of the following approved providers of continuing education: American Dental Association CERP, Academy of General Dentistry PACE, Michigan Board of Dentistry, University of Michigan and/or University of Detroit Mercy dental school. The Michigan Dental Association is ADA CERP approved and therefore qualifies as an accepted provider of continuing education.
Implicit Bias Training Requirements
According to LARA, the implicit bias training must be related to reducing barriers and disparities in access to and delivery of health care services and meet the following requirements:
- Training content must include, but is not limited to, one or more of the following topics: Information on implicit bias, equitable access to health care, serving a diverse population, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and cultural sensitivity.
- Strategies to remedy the negative impact of implicit bias by recognizing and understanding how it impacts perception, judgment, and actions that may result in inequitable decision making, failure to effectively communicate, and result in barriers and disparities in the access to and delivery of health care services.
- The historical basis and present consequences of implicit biases based on an individual’s characteristics.
- Discussion of current research on implicit bias in the access to and delivery of health care services.
- Training must include strategies to reduce disparities in access to and delivery of health care services and the administration of pre- and post-test implicit bias assessments.