Wisconsin Minority Health Program
Wisconsin Promising Practices Program
The Wisconsin Promising Practices
(WPP) program (PDF, 93 KB) is
one component of the What Works: Reducing Health Disparities
in Wisconsin Communities project.
The overall goal of the What Works project is to identify and
disseminate public health interventions that will help reduce racial and
ethnic health disparities in Wisconsin. The WPP program aims to:
- Develop a model for identifying local programs that show promise in
improving health in racial and ethnic minority communities.
- Recognize and support these programs by providing technical assistance
for program planning and evaluation.
- Assist these programs to document their efforts and outcomes so that
others can learn from their examples.
Development of the WPP has taken place through a pilot process. Programs
or interventions were selected to participate in the pilot based on
criteria which mirrored the Wisconsin Promising Practice's definition of a
promising practice. Each selected participant completed a Program Summary
through an active technical assistance phase provided by What Works
project staff. The summaries document each program's context, strategies,
outcomes, and lessons learned. The summaries are published and
disseminated to area minority health stakeholders.
A promising practice is defined as a practice or program which:
- Focuses on improving health in a racial or ethnic minority
- Produces at least one positive outcome that can be demonstrated with
systematically collected quantitative and/or qualitative data,
- Is based to some degree on proven practices from the research
literature and/or the experience of community practitioners and leaders,
- Is well suited to its context in terms of language, belief systems and
other cultural factors.
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May 17, 2012