Preconference Event 2020

Racism is a Public Health Crisis

UW Population Health Institute presents “Racism is a Public Health Crisis… and what we can do about it”

Wed. Nov. 11
Noon-4:30 p.m.
Total Virtual Event
$25 (Scholarships available)

Registrated Closed

Racism is making us sick. It fundamentally shapes our economic, social and physical environments. For decades, work led by grassroots groups, community-based organizations, government agencies, academic leaders, and many others have laid a strong foundation to address racial inequities in Wisconsin.

In 2017, Wisconsin public health leaders declared “Racism a Public Health Crisis” and a statewide priority. Since then, almost 500 individuals and 100 organizations have signed on to take the pledge declaring racism a public health crisis.

In light of the recent reminders that racial violence persists in our country, including the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and most recently the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, urgency remains around calls to action for sweeping changes to end systemic racism.

The MATCH (Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health) group of the UW-Madison Population Health Institute is excited to partner with the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service on a special Toward One Wisconsin preconference virtual program: Racism is a Public Health Crisisand what we can do about it.

This program will kick off the Toward One Wisconsin (T1W) inclusivity conference, which will be held virtually on Nov. 12-13. Toward One Wisconsin seeks to build communities of equity and opportunity by prioritizing the work of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout Wisconsin, as well as supporting the creation of a statewide network of individual leaders, nonprofits and employers determined to empower and employ a diverse workforce.

Join us for a preconference day of reflection, connection and action! Participants will be asked how we can translate the pledge on racism into concrete changes through three activities on November 11:

  1. Individual reflection and action on racism
  2. Organizational reflection and action on racism
  3. Systemic policy level reflection and action on racism

Details on presentation titles and speakers will be announced soon.

Plan to feel inspired, motivated and challenged to move racial equity within your spheres of influence.

Note: We understand not all can set aside a full day. Please don’t let that stop you from participating as you can. Click here to register.

UW Population Health Institute is committed to creating equitable conditions where everyone can thrive. Attendees with any specific needs for this preconference (live translation, closed captioning, etc.) can email

Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health