WATCH: State leaders address racial disparities in healthcare system

Posted at 4:22 AM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 17:27:28-04

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer addressed racial disparities in the healthcare system during a press conference Thursday.

She signed an executive directive that will require health care professionals to undergo training to help reduce racial and other disparities in delivery of medical services.

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist said the state is taking immediate action to deal with racial injustices.

"We have the ability to challenge and change systems to overcome these disparities and inequities," he said. "We can force change and come together to create solutions."
Gilchrist noted that communities of color in Michigan were hit the hardest during the pandemic.

"This is our generation's opportunity to confront and right historic wrongs."

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