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Dr. Joia Crear-Perry has dedicated her life’s work to advocating for Black mothers. She founded the National Birth Equity Collaborative and is a fixture of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance.

USA TODAY

As medical professionals, we’ve seen firsthand the damage that conscious and unconscious racial bias does to our ability to care for those in need.

In recent weeks, the topic of diversity training — typically an internal matter for organizations — has generated front-page news. The spark was an executive order banning certain racial sensitivity training programs for federal grantees and contractors— and extending similar restrictions for federal agencies issued earlier last month.

I and my colleagues at the Association of American Medical Colleges believe these restrictions are deeply problematic, in no small part because of the threat they pose to the health of our nation.