Minority Health Program

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Minority Health Advisory Group Nomination Process Open!

The Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH) is seeking nominations for membership on the Minority Health Advisory Group (MHAG).  The MHAG contributes to improving the overall health and well-being of racial and ethnic minority populations in Wisconsin by connecting DPH with communities to discuss issues relating to the health of racial and ethnic minority populations in Wisconsin.  The MHAG meets quarterly.  The MHAG is composed of 15 community representatives from across Wisconsin with strong expertise and/or interest in minority health and racial and ethnic health disparities from a variety of disciplines, ranging from health care, to mental health, public health, education and social services.

Membership is selected through a competitive nomination and application process and members serve a two-year staggered term until resignation or removal.


  • Fifteen (15) community members from across the state. 
  • Include Tribal, African American, Asian American, and Hispanic members.
  • Mix between rural and urban.
  • Geographically diverse.
  • Members with a strong expertise/interest in Minority Health and racial/ethnic health disparities.
  • From a variety of disciplines, ranging from health care, mental health, public health, education and social services.
  • Seek members from a variety of disciplines (ex. mental health).
  • Seek members that represent disparity intersectionality (i.e. LGBT, etc.).
  • Membership terms will be staggered, two year terms.
  • Members can serve a maximum of three consecutive terms, but they may return for additional terms after taking at least a 2-year time break


A Nominations Committee will be formed and composed of at least five (5) Advisory Group members to seek, outreach and vet nominations according to the Operating Procedures.

  • Nominations will be submitted to DPH through the Minority Health Program mailbox during even numbered years.
  • Nominations will come from multiple sources.  Members can nominate and self-nominate.
  • Minority Health Program staff will summarize nominations against a matrix of membership sectors.
  • The Nomination Committee will review the nominations and the membership sector matrix and make nomination recommendations to the DPH Office of Policy and Practice (OPPA) Director.

After receiving the nominations from the Nominations committee, the OPPA Director will review the nominations and make final appointments to the Advisory Group.

  • New Advisory Group members will begin their terms at the beginning of the upcoming year.

Please click here to access the form to submit it no later than Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Note that the form is a fillable MS Word document. If you require a different format, please contact the Minority Health Program office.

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The Minority Health Program is pleased to announce its Public Health Information Campaign grantee for Fiscal Year 2017.

  • Meta House will conduct the Reaching Out for Recovery Media Campaign,  to conduct outreach and education targeted at Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latina women struggling with substance abuse in the Milwaukee area.
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Minority Health HIV/AIDS Disparities profiles have been published, and are available through the Minority Health Reports and Minority Health Resources pages.
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The Minority Health Program is pleased to announce its Community Grantees for Fiscal Year 2017:

Project summaries can be found on our 2016-2017 Grants page.

The Minority Health Program has reviewed each project for satisfactory progress, and all have met the criteria for continued funding through 2017.  The original proposals for Year One were reviewed by a team of eight (8) independent, and racially and ethnically diverse evaluators. In order to make the final selections, program and bureau leadership considered review scores, geographic location, target population and project priorities. After careful consideration, the above four agencies were selected and each awarded a grant of $25,000.

These statutorily authorized grants (Wis. Stat. 250.20 [3]) are intended to build the capacity of local communities to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate resources and services, and to address the social determinants of health for targeted, economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minority populations.

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The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (the National CLAS Standards) are intended to advance health equity and more; please explore our Minority Health CLAS page for tools, trainings and resources. Sign our CLAS Standards Pledge (Word, 85 KB, F01215) and formally commit to adopting, promoting and implementing the standards in Wisconsin.

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Visit the National Association of State Offices of Minority Health (NASOMH) to learn about the role of state offices of minority health; projects our counterparts are engaged in; featured topics, initiatives, events and more.

HW 2020

Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 Baseline and Health Disparities Report (February 2014): Baseline data by topic for the HW2020 focus areas, and documentation of health disparities in Wisconsin populations and communities.

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Please visit our Minority Health Grants page to read about our 2015-2017 Community Grantees.

DHS Wisconsin Health Care Options website provides information and resources on various health care enrollment options.

About Us

The Minority Health Program provides statewide leadership for policy measures that aim to improve the health of vulnerable populations in Wisconsin. It assures coordination of efforts intended to reduce health disparities. Our work is guided by three levels of authority: 1) the federal Office of Minority Health strategic plan, the National Partnership for Action; 2) Wis. Stats. 250.20; and 3) the state health plan, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020. We work to consolidate these three levels of mandate into a coherent plan of action that our partners can implement to improve health outcomes for minority communities.

We provide direct services as well as indirect services. Direct services include the administration of community grants; the minority public health information campaign; publication of the Minority Health Report and administrative support to the Minority Health Leadership Council. Indirect services include the collection, organization and distribution of relevant information to our partners. 

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Definition of

In the context of the Wisconsin Minority Health Program's mission, health disparities are defined as "differences in health outcomes that are adverse and avoidable, which exist between population groups based on gender, age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geography, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, special health care needs, or other categories."


For more information, contact:

Wisconsin Minority Health Program
Division of Public Health

Email address:  DHSWIMinorityHealthProgram@wisconsin.gov
Telephone 608-266-1512
Fax 608-267-2832

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659

Street Address
1 West Wilson, Room 250
Madison, WI 53703

Last Revised: December 16, 2016