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WPHA Encourages Organizations to Sign onto WI Racism Declaration & Commit to Action

Monday, August 26, 2019  
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As many of you know, on May 22, 2018, the membership of the Wisconsin Public Health Association unanimously passed a resolution declaring “Racism is a public health crisis”. This resolution acknowledges that racism causes persistent discrimination, is a social determinant of health and is linked to poor health outcomes. The public health community has a responsibility to acknowledge racism, advocate for equitable policies and inform the public discourse. This WPHA resolution directly reflects one of the priorities set at the 2017 Healthiest State Agenda Setting Convening, as part of the Wisconsin Healthiest State Initiative. Building on this work, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute's Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) Group and several partner organizations have worked together to transfer the WPHA resolution content to this Racism is a Public Health Crisis Sign-on so that organizations can commit to actions that are tailored to their specific contexts.

As efforts progress, we are working to build alliances and partnerships with other organizations that are confronting racism and also by encouraging other local, state and national entities to recognize racism as a public health crisis. One of the ways in which we look to do this is by encouraging individuals and organizations to assert their recognition of the toll of racism and to commit to action by signing on and declaring publicly that Racism is a Public Health Crisis in Wisconsin. Be sure to check out those that have already signed onto the declaration and are beginning work as their organizations have committed. As organizations consider this sign on and declaration, we look forward to hearing from organizations and support their work surrounding racial equity and advancing the goals as a state together.  

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