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Wisconsin Affiliate: Racism a health crisis.

Racism is a public health crisis, according to the Wisconsin Public Health Association, which passed a resolution in May calling for action.

"Racism causes persistent racial discrimination in housing, education, employment and criminal justice and an emerging body of research demonstrates that racism is a social determinant of health," the resolution stated.

In 2017, the Wisconsin Public Health Association convened a Racial Equity Workgroup and adopted resolutions on health equity and health-in-all-policies in 2010 and 2014, respectively. The new resolution also pointed to APHA's campaign against racism and the imperative to address health disparities stated in Healthiest Wisconsin 2020, which sets health objectives for the state.

"There are multiple efforts in Wisconsin and nationally to address health equity, but we needed to identify what we could do to better serve our membership," Wisconsin Public Health Association President Kristen Grimes,

MAOM, MCHES, told The Nation's Health.

The Racial Equity Workgroup and Affiliate's board worked together to identify policies and other factors that contribute to disparities among communities of color.

Under the new resolution, the Wisconsin association will assess internal policy and procedures to affirm racial equity within the APHA Affiliate, determine activities to promote diversity and oppose racism, promote diversity and anti-racism education throughout the organization, advocate for policies that support improved health outcomes among communities of color and partner with organizations that are confronting racism.

"This type of movement starts with a conversation about what can be done as an Association," said Grimes, an APHA member. "It is important to pull local experts and leaders together to determine potential gaps and strategies."

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Author:Haskins, Julia
Publication:The Nation's Health
Geographic Code:1U3WI
Date:Sep 1, 2018
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