Connecticut’s House of Representatives passed a bill this week declaring racism to be a public health crisis.
The legislation, which passed 114-33 after going through the Senate in similar fashion, is now headed to the desk of Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont and, if it becomes law, is set to create task forces to study how systemic racism may impact health outcomes. The purported goal of the bill is to reduce medical outcome disparities by 70 percent, and it will require bias trainings for doctors who work with pregnant or post-partum women and establish programs to recruit more non-white people to work in health care.
Further, the bill borrows academic phrases from critical race theory, including demands for “cultural humility” from white health care workers, which is an innocuous way of declaring the need to go into every interaction actively thinking about your race, the race of those with whom you are speaking, and any potential power imbalances therein.