Minority Health Program


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The Minority Health Program is pleased to announce its Community Grantees for Fiscal Year 2016:

Project summaries can be found on our 2016 Grants page.

We received many commendable grant proposals. These proposals 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 2013-2014 Community Grantees.

DHS Wisconsin Health Care Options 2014 website provides information and resources on various health care enrollment options.

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Do you have questions, comments or suggestions for our Minority Health Officer? Email Evelyn.

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 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."


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

If you have any comments about this page, or suggestions for improving it, please write to: Ruth DeWeese.
Last Revised: October 9, 2015