Healthy Birth Outcomes - Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities - Project Overview

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, 229 KB) (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, 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.

Project Background and Related Efforts

Last Revised: August 18, 2015