Shackleford met with Vice President Harris to discuss abortion rights, implicit bias training

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INDIANAPOLIS – During a meeting between Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris and other Democratic Hoosier lawmakers, State Rep. Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis) discussed the possibility of assistance in creating legislation on implicit bias training for health care professionals with the Vice President.

Shackleford has been a long-time advocate for equity in health care, and Vice President Harris has previously written similar legislation.

“I'm looking forward to the possibility of working with Vice President Kamala Harris on this very important issue,” Shackleford, who is also chair of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus (IBLC) said.

“For years, we in the IBLC have been fighting for substantive legislation that would require implicit bias training for all health care professionals. Not only will this help African Americans and people of color receive better and more compassionate care, it will help doctors and other care providers deliver more robust treatment and have a better understanding of their patients. In Indiana, where we have one of the highest rates of maternal mortality – especially among Black women – and poor health outcomes for many of our most vulnerable residents, this legislation is extremely urgent.”

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