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Healthy Birth Outcomes:
Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities

Elimination of health disparities constitutes an overarching goal of the state health plans, Healthiest Wisconsin 2010 and Healthiest Wisconsin 2020.  Perhaps the most disturbing health disparity in Wisconsin is the persistent high death rate of infants born to African American women.  Infants born to African American women in Wisconsin have been 3-4 times more likely to die before their first birthday than infants born to white women.  Further, during the past 20 years, virtually no decline has occurred in Wisconsinís African American infant mortality rate. Compared to white infant mortality, disparities also exist among American Indian, Laotion and Hmong, and Hispanic/Latino populations, although these disparities are smaller than those of African Americans.

This site will be updated as this initiative progresses.  Check back often for information for health care providers, researchers and the public on how to achieve healthy births for all Wisconsin families. 


New Wisconsin's participation in the Region V Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality

New Webinar on Closing the Black/White Gap in Infant Mortality: Ideas, Successes and Lessons Learned (exit DHS) from the Wisconsin Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF).

NewFrom the Center for Urban Population Health:

NewFrom the March of Dimes:

The Wisconsin Healthiest Women Initiative was created to promote the health of women, building on previous efforts to improve birth outcomes, and to create this collective Wisconsin's Statewide Framework for Improving Women's Health (PDF, 784 KB). Please also visit for more information on how you can help improve women's health and the health of Wisconsin's infants, children, and families.

Race to Equity: A Baseline Report on the State of Racial Disparities in Dane County (exit DHS; PDF, 6.7 MB), released in October 2013 by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.

Wisconsin Fights Against Disparities and Inequities in Infant Mortality, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) (July 2013). More ASTHO 'stories in public health.'

Join the Women 2 Women 4 Healthy Babies (exit DHS) video sharing campaign on Facebook. View a video (exit DHS).

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DHS Web page about the text4baby campaign



Last Revised:  April 15, 2014