Racism a public health crisis, Milwaukee County executive says

Milwaukee County leadership declared racism a public health crisis and has pledged to examine and change institutions that may perpetuate negative health outcomes, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele signed a resolution May 20, which commits the county to assessing its policies and procedures for racial equity, identifying specific ways to increase diversity and inclusivity, expanding educational training on racism, and advocating for policies that improve health among people of color.

"We need to address racism as a public health crisis but on a large scale to make sure that we transform our culture, transform how we serve our residents and we drive solutions that are equitable," said Nicole Brookshire, director of the Milwaukee County Office on African American Affairs, who was also present at the signing.  

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