The purpose of the Health Disparities Task Force was to improve coordination of Department efforts to address health disparities in Wisconsin. Originally, four meetings were scheduled to take place between April 2011 and April 2012. Six times, in the span of that one year, the Minority Health Program convened expert volunteers from throughout the Department to:
- Develop a standardized tool to track DHS progress in reducing health disparities;
- Share information that highlights crosscutting or urgent issues related to health disparities;
- Develop a plan of program integration to align efforts for policy changes to eliminate health disparities; and
- Develop a Department-wide work culture in which reducing health disparities is a priority.
The final meeting took place April 24, 2012. The group began its transition into a community of practice dedicated to reducing disparities in Wisconsin.
The following link provides standards for collecting data to reduce health disparities: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Implementation Guidance on Data Collection Standards for Race, Ethnicity, Sex, Primary Language and Disability Status