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Province to collect race data from patients

By Miranda Leybourne  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Prairie Mountain Health will soon begin collecting race-based information from hospital patients as Manitoba rolls out a new initiative, making it the first province in Canada to do so. Race-based information will be collected voluntarily from patients during their intake at hospitals throughout Manitoba as part of an initiative that will then analyze the information to measure health disparities that result from systemic racism, bias and discrimination, Shared Health chief nursing officer Monica Warren stated in a Thursday news release. Although the initiative is only in its preliminary stages and won’t begin until April, PMH chief executive officer Brian Schoonbaert told the Sun the health authority plans to participate in the initiative. Dr. Marcia Anderson, executive director of Indigenous academic affairs at Ongomiizwin,

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