MILWAUKEE, March 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- In Milwaukee County, less than 11% of the more than 270,000 administered COVID-19 vaccination doses have gone to Black residents, despite making up nearly 27% of the population. As Northwestern Mutual continues to address racial disparities in its hometown, the company, through its Foundation, has partnered with the City of Milwaukee Health Department to launch mobile vaccination sites in the historically underserved Amani and Metcalfe Parkneighborhoods. Since 2013, the company has taken a strategic approach to drive sustainable change in underrepresented Milwaukee neighborhoods.
To assure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine among Milwaukee's Black residents, the company will fund approximately 7,000 first and second doses of one of the approved vaccines. The company has worked in close liaison with the City of Milwaukee to identify the Amani and Metcalfe Park neighborhoods as high-priority areas where residents have been most affected by the coronavirus and is convening leaders and organizations in the communities to educate, encourage and register residents for the vaccine.
"Since the onset of the pandemic, the Black community has been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus," said Eric Christophersen, President, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. "We are committed to increasing equitable access to the vaccine and removing obstacles for those in underserved communities, moving Milwaukee forward toward growth and recovery."
"As we work to bridge the vaccine disparities in Milwaukee, partnerships are vitally important. The support from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation is a stride forward in advancing vaccine equity here," said Mayor Tom Barrett. "Churches, community groups, healthcare providers, and government agencies all play important roles, and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation is a big part of the work that's underway. I am grateful for the assistance."
Supporting equal access to the COVID-19 vaccine builds on Northwestern Mutual's ongoing neighborhoods-focused support through its Block by Block strategy, including more than eight years of partnerships and $26 million in grants to the Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way neighborhoods to improve housing, education and safety. Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, provides funding and support to create sustainable change in underserved Milwaukee neighborhoods in alignment with dedicated revitalization plans, which include the priority focus areas of health and wellness.
Throughout the past year, Northwestern Mutual has supported its partner organizations and communities nationwide to provide immediate relief in response to COVID-19, including essential services, critical supplies and PPE. To help neighborhood partners meet essential supply needs during the pandemic, the company provided $45,000 to the Dominican Center, Metcalfe Park Community Bridges and Milwaukee Christian Center.
"The Metcalfe Park and Amani communities have continuously experienced systemic inequities in access to healthcare, facing challenges that have only been heightened by the pandemic," said Danell Cross, Executive Director, Metcalfe Park Community Bridges. "Prior to the creation of these sites, there were very few accessible options for our residents to receive the vaccine, or even find information about their options. We're thankful for the collaboration of this group for connecting our residents with access to critical medical care during a time it is needed most."
Beyond addressing disparities in vaccine access, Northwestern Mutual is committed to fighting racism and discrimination in all forms. In 2020, the company launched a dedicated task force, Sustained Action for Racial Equity, led by Chairman, President, and CEO John Schlifske, which takes a holistic look at actions that will have the greatest impact to drive sustainable change, both within the company and the community.
Northwestern Mutual's Block by Block strategy is focused on enhancing the Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way communities with programs dedicated to safe neighborhoods, healthy and thriving youth, strong families and quality education. The company works closely with residents and community leaders in each of these neighborhoods to achieve concentrated positive outcomes.
About Northwestern Mutual Foundation The mission of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation is to improve the lives of children and families in need. The Foundation has given more than $400 million since its inception in 1992 and is designed to create lasting impact in the communities where the company's employees and financial representatives live and work. We accomplish this by combining financial support, volunteerism, thought leadership and convening community partners to deliver the best outcomes. Our efforts are focused nationally on curing childhood cancer, and locally on education, neighborhoods and making our hometown of Milwaukee a great destination. Visit Northwestern Mutual Foundation to learn more.
About Northwestern Mutual Northwestern Mutual has been helping people and businesses achieve financial security for more than 160 years. Through a holistic planning approach, Northwestern Mutual combines the expertise of its financial professionals with a personalized digital experience and industry-leading products to help its clients plan for what's most important. With $308.8 billion in total assets, $31.1 billion in revenues, and $2 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.75 million people with life, disability income and long-term care insurance, annuities, and brokerage and advisory services. The company manages more than $200 billion of investments owned by its clients and held or managed through its wealth management and investment services businesses. Northwestern Mutual ranks 102 on the 2020 FORTUNE 500 and is recognized by FORTUNE® as one of the "World's Most Admired" life insurance companies in 2021.
Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NM), Milwaukee, WI (life and disability insurance, annuities, and life insurance with long-term care benefits) and its subsidiaries. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS) (securities), broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company® (NMWMC) (fiduciary and fee-based financial planning services), federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company (NLTC) (long-term care insurance).