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CHA Works to Improve Bill on Implicit Bias Training in Maternal Care

What’s happening: CHA is working closely with Assembly Member Lori Wilson (D-Suisun),  author of Assembly Bill (AB) 2319, on amendments to improve the bill’s implicit bias training requirements for perinatal health care providers.  

What else to know: AB 2319 would expand provisions of the California Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act (Chapter 533, Statutes of 2019). CHA was successful in securing amendments that enable hospitals to implement the bill’s provisions and will continue to work with the author’s office on further clarifying amendments.  

Implicit bias training is an important step toward addressing disparate maternal health outcomes. Hundreds of women in the U.S. die each year from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Black women are at least three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes, as compared to white women.  

CHA remains engaged on opportunities to address inequity in birthing outcomes and will continue to work with the Legislature on solutions.