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National health observances and statewide events for October have been published on our current events page.

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The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (the National CLAS Standards) are intended to advance health equity and more; please explore our Minority Health CLAS page for tools, trainings and resources. Sign our CLAS Standards Pledge (Word, 85 KB, F01215) and formally commit to adopting, promoting and implementing the standards in Wisconsin. 

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Visit the National Association of State Offices of Minority Health (NASOMH) (exit DHS) to learn about the role of state offices of minority health; projects our counterparts are engaged in; featured topics, initiatives, events and more.

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Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 Baseline and Health Disparities Report (February 2014): Baseline data by topic for the HW2020 focus areas, and documentation of health disparities in Wisconsin populations and communities.

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Please visit our Minority Health Grants page to read about our 2013-2014 Community Grantees.

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DHS Wisconsin Health Care Options 2014 website provides information and resources on various health care enrollment options.

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Do you have questions, comments or suggestions for our Minority Health Officer? Email Evelyn.

About Us

The Minority Health Program provides statewide leadership for policy measures that aim to improve the health of vulnerable populations in Wisconsin. It assures coordination of efforts intended to reduce health disparities. Our work is guided by three levels of authority: 1) the federal Office of Minority Health strategic plan, the National Partnership for Action (exit DHS); 2) Wis. Stats. 250.20 (exit DHS); and 3) the state health plan, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020. We work to consolidate these three levels of mandate into a coherent plan of action that our partners can implement to improve health outcomes for minority communities. 

We provide direct services as well as indirect services. Direct services include the administration of community grants; the minority public health information campaign; publication of the Minority Health Report and administrative support to the Minority Health Leadership Council. Indirect services include the collection, organization and distribution of relevant information to our partners. 

Definition of Health Disparities

In the context of the Wisconsin Minority Health Program's mission, health disparities are defined as "differences in health outcomes that are adverse and avoidable, which exist between population groups based on gender, age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geography, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, special health care needs, or other categories."


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For more information, contact:

Wisconsin Minority Health Program
Division of Public Health

E-mail address:
Telephone (608) 266-1512
FAX (608) 267-2832

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659

Street Address
1 West Wilson, Room 250
Madison, WI 53703 

If you have any comments about this page, suggestions for improving it, or would like to sign up for our newsletter, please write to: Ruth DeWeese.

Last Revised: September 30, 2014