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.
June 12, 2014