Department of Health Services Resources for Cultural Competency in Health Care


Health Issues Affecting Wisconsin Hispanics/Latinos (PPT 1.1 MB)
This presentation, organized by former Wisconsin Minority Health Leadership Council Chair, MaryAnn Borman, provides background information pertaining to the health, social and economic disparities migrant workers experience in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Partnership to Respond to 2009 EPI AID Study in Milwaukee (PPT 1.4 MB) This presentation, organized by Wisconsin Minority Health Leadership Council Chair, Brenda Coley, provides statistics and social factors pertaining to HIV in Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in Milwaukee. The presentation also addresses potential solutions for reducing the prevalence of HIV in this particular population.

Tribal Relations Educational Session - Biopsychosocial Disparities (Webcast, help)
Tribal representatives provide information and insight into the causes, status, and potential resolutions to health, social and economic disparities.
(approximately 4 hours)

Reaching Through Barriers (Webcast series)

Reaching Through Barriers is a series of occasional brown-bag learning opportunities presented through the coordinated efforts of the DHS Affirmative Action and Training Offices, Division of Enterprise Services, and the Division of Public Health.

The series highlights minority health issues in Wisconsin; promotes the elimination of cultural and health disparities between minority and other vulnerable populations and the overall state population; and focuses on cultural competency in the delivery of services.

  • Aligning for Health Equity--It Affects Us All (Webcast, help)
    This Reaching Through Barriers webcast features Dr. Fabienne Ouapou-Lena, MD, MPH; Margaret Schmelzer, RN, MS; & Ana Paula Soares Lynch, MCCP. Learn about the underlying determinants of health advanced through the state health plan, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020; an overview of the Minority Health Program and its work on health disparities and health equity; and hear about a case study from Proyecto Salud, using health promoters as a strategy to advance health equity in the Latino community in Milwaukee.

  • Cultural Aspects of Depression and Suicide Part I. (Webcast, help)
    Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton describes the Task Force Report on Women and Depression and its recommendations and findings. Discussion includes the Suicide Prevention Initiative and issues in screening and prevention.
    (approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes)

  • Cultural Aspects of Depression and Suicide Part II. (Webcast, help)
    This presentation addresses the cultural aspects of depression and suicide, focusing on women and girls of diverse ethnic communities. Speakers also present information about DHS efforts to address mental health issues by promoting increased awareness and understanding in the workplace.
    (approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes)

  • Healthy Birth Outcomes: Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities  (Note: As of February 2013, this webcast is no longer available.)  View slides from the webcast (PDF, 1.6 MB) .
    This presentation describes issues surrounding healthy birth outcomes, including the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in Wisconsin. Former DHS Secretary Helene Nelson and Division of Public Health Administrator Sheri Johnson introduce a five-year project to strengthen the efforts of the Department of Health Services around this issue. The presenters describe the problem (Wisconsin and U.S. data), review evidence-based practices, and give an overview of the proposed five-year project; then ask for discussion and input from the audience.

  • Reaching Beyond Barriers - Poverty/Disparity (Webcast, help)
    This presentation addresses health issues and disparities among minority populations. It tackles what it really takes to get by, the economic health of Wisconsin, and the dental health challenges of low-income populations.
    (approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes)

  • Sexual Violence: Combating the Silent Epidemic (Webcast, help)
    This presentation examines the dynamics and root causes of sexual violence and discusses approaches to combating this silent epidemic.
    (approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes)

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Last Revised: October 13, 2015