Basic Rights Oregon’s Racial Justice & Alliance Building program has actively been supporting our coalition partners in the capitol to advance key racial justice policies in Oregon.
One of these is House Bill 2611 which allows tracking and reporting of cultural competency continuing education for health care professionals. A growing body of research recognizes that disparities in health care quality are a result of long-term barriers between the health care system and communities being served, especially between providers and potential patients. HB 2611 will help facilitate system-wide high-quality cultural competency training, which in turn will improve the standard of care for all Oregonians.
The bill passed out of the House with a vote count of 46-12 on Tuesday, April 9, 2012 with bipartisan support and is now headed to the Senate.
Basic Rights Oregon supports the HB 2611 Cultural Competency bill because it is the right thing to do and at the core of our social justice values.