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Course Would Train Florida Doctor’s About Human Trafficking

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Airman 1st Class Kyle Cope
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

A state panel next week will consider whether to approve a Florida Medical Association course on human trafficking as a continuing-education requirement for doctors. 

The Board of Medicine Rules and Legislative Committee will consider the FMA’s request for course approval when the panel meets in Coral Gables.

The Legislature this year passed a human trafficking bill, which, among other things, requires physicians to take one continuing-education credit in issues related to human trafficking. In addition, the legislation requires health-care providers to post signs regarding human trafficking in conspicuous places accessible to employees by Jan. 1, 2021.

The Florida Department of Health has created a sign for health care providers to use. The continuing-education requirement affects numerous health-care fields. The department also has launched an informational website on human trafficking and health-care providers.