Minority Health Program

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Spotlight

 

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Minority Health Program awarded five grants to community organizations for projects aimed at reducing health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations.

Four organizations were selected to receive $25,000 for projects aimed at improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations. The four awardees are:

Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, Improving Health Outcomes Among Milwaukee African-American and Hispanic/Latino Community Members By Increasing Access To Mental Health Crisis Services And Stabilization

This project seeks to build upon current prevention and information dissemination efforts by working in partnership with Federally Qualified Health Centers and providing customized materials on the health status of Hispanic and African Americans in Milwaukee, focusing on the Healthy Wisconsin priorities of Suicide and ACEs.

Today Not Tomorrow, Inc., Today Not Tomorrow Family Resource Center Family Support Programming

Today Not Tomorrow Family Resource Center (TNT FRC) is designed to connect African-American families who are pregnant or have infants/toddlers to provide opportunities for parents and caregivers to learn and foster healthy parent-child relationships in the face of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and create opportunities for families to learn about resources to support them and foster healthy birth outcomes.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, Creating a Culture of Personal and Community Health

The goal of this project is to create a culture of personal and community health around nutrition and physical activity for the Latinx community in the near south side of Milwaukee.

Jewish Family Services, School-Based Mental Health

This project seeks to provide on-site mental health services to students at Brown Deer public schools and Inner City Cyber charter school to reduce the negative impact of ACES on mental health.

 

One organization was selected to receive $33,600 to engage in a Public Health Information Campaign targeting racial/ethnic minorities around an issue connecting to the Healthy Wisconsin priorities: alcohol, nutrition and physical activity, opioids, suicide, tobacco, and the cross cutting issue of ACEs. This year’s recipient is:

African-American Breastfeeding Alliance of Dane County, Inc., Health Through an Equity Lens

This campaign aims to help women understand the benefits of breastfeeding and their rights around breastfeeding through a series of podcasts, radio ads, billboards and public service announcements.

 

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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.

 

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Please visit our partners at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health to learn about the history of minority health in the United States, find current events, and learn about federal initiatives to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity for ethnic and racial minorities.

 

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

 

About Us

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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.

 

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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.

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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 Advisory Group. Indirect services include the collection, organization and distribution of relevant information to our partners.

Definition of
Disparities

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."

Last Revised: September 10, 2018