Minority Health Program

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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:

HealthNet of Rock County, Inc.: Improving Mental Health and Treatment Adherence in Hispanic Families of Rock County
This project seeks to decrease risk of suicide in Latinx adult communities by initiating intense screening and treating depression and anxiety.

Today Not Tomorrow: Today Not Tomorrow Family Resource Center Family Support Programming
The project will promote an increase in understanding the impact of healthy nutrition and physical activity on increased positive birth outcomes and improvements in Black infant mortality rate in Madison. They also encourage visits to their Facebook page.

Wisconsin Health Literacy: Let’s Talk About Pain Medicines
This project, targeted at ethnic minorities throughout Wisconsin, will increase health literacy about pain medications

Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency: Adolescent Health
This project will increase communication between Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino parents and teens in Racine about making wise choices as they relate to risky behaviors.

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 adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). This year’s recipient is:

Meta House, Inc.: Reaching Out for Recovery is targeted to Black/African American women in the Milwaukee area struggling with substance abuse and is in alignment with Healthy Wisconsin priorities of Alcohol and Opioids.


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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

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: May 23, 2018