Advocate Aurora Health, the largest health care system in Wisconsin, has joined with 38 other health systems across the nation in declaring racism as a public health crisis.

The Milwaukee and Downers Grove, Illinois-based health system is a member of the Healthcare Anchor Network, the group that is jointly making the public health declaration. The joining health systems are pledging a commitment to investing in resources to help disadvantaged communities, provide direct care and Covid-19 testing to under resourced communities, be inclusive with their hiring efforts, increase spending with diverse-owned vendors and suppliers, and become more engaged.

“Systemic racism results in generational trauma and poverty, while also unquestionably causing higher rates of illness and death in Black and Indigenous communities and communities of color,” a statement from the network reads.

In 2019, Advocate Aurora Health Care announced it was committing $50 million over a five-year period toward supporting health and wellness and economic development projects that improve low-income communities in Wisconsin and Illinois.

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