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. The Department of Health Services is implementing a multi-year action plan to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes.
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, 784 KB). Please also visit http://www.everywomanwi.org for more information on how you can help improve women's health and the health of Wisconsin's infants, children, and families.
- Wisconsin Infant Mortality Background and Related Efforts (Selected) (April 2013) (PDF, 569 KB)
- Background and Timeline (updated April 2013) (PDF, 37 KB)
- Wisconsin Health Facts: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Infant Mortality (updated Nov. 2012) (PDF, 69 KB)
- Project Charter (updated Feb. 2009) (PDF, 75 KB)
- Wisconsin Healthy Birth Outcomes: Minority Health Program Challenges and Contributions (exit DHS) (article in Nov. 2008 Supplement of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice)
- Letter from Secretary Nelson and Dr. Sheri Johnson (Dec. 16, 2005) (PDF, 51 KB)
- Healthy Babies in Wisconsin: A Call to Action - Summary of the Wisconsin Perinatal Summit, July 15, 2003 (Wisconsin Medical Journal, vol. 102, issue 5). (Note: As of November 2012, this article is no longer available online.)