The Department of Health Services implemented a multi-year initiative to achieve equity in birth outcomes, eliminating racial and ethnic disparities. Although Wisconsin is a leader in its low infant mortality rate for white infants, we need to strengthen our efforts to assure the best outcomes for all mothers and babies in the state.
A Framework for Action
A Framework for Action to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Birth Outcomes, (P-01076) (PDF) (updated July 2008) discusses the impact of infant mortality and its disparate burden among Wisconsin's racial and ethnic communities. We have outlined a series of strategies and action steps for state, local, and community partners.
Wisconsin Healthiest Women Initiative
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 (September 2013) (PDF). Please also visit Every Woman Wisconsin for more information on how you can help improve women's health and the health of Wisconsin's infants, children, and families.
Project Background and Related Efforts
- Wisconsin Infant Mortality Background and Related Efforts (Selected) (April 2013) (PDF)
- Wisconsin Health Facts: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Infant Mortality (updated Nov. 2012) (PDF)
- Wisconsin Healthy Birth Outcomes: Minority Health Program Challenges and Contributions (article in Nov. 2008 Supplement of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice)