FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2017
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Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683
Elizabeth Goodsitt, 608-266-1683

Healthy Wisconsin Initiative To Focus Statewide Efforts on Key Health Issues

Plan aimed at improving issues affecting health of Wisconsin families by 2020

Building on a year of collaboration with organizations from around the state, health officials today launched Healthy Wisconsin, aimed at improving the health of Wisconsin residents by 2020. The plan highlights five priority areas for improving health:

  • Alcohol
  • Nutrition and physical activity
  • Opioids
  • Suicide
  • Tobacco

Healthy Wisconsin includes a state health assessment and improvement plan to help communities identify strategies to make Wisconsin healthier.

Healthy Wisconsin builds on the great work already underway in Wisconsin to address these five priority health issues.” said Department of Health Services Secretary Linda Seemeyer. “The goal of this effort is to improve the health of those who live here in the next three to five years, by collaborating with partners throughout the state to address issues that are having a real impact on our communities.”

To develop the plan, a statewide steering committee representing community organizations reviewed health data and information on evidence-based practices. The committee then selected the five priority health issues. The plan also incorporates the concept of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and resilience, and how these can affect health.

A new Healthy Wisconsin website highlights goals, data and strategies to encourage public involvement in making progress on the five priority health areas. The website will also highlight local and statewide success stories that show communities working to make a difference in each focus area.

“We know that improving health in Wisconsin will take all of us working together,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown. “We are excited about the opportunity Healthy Wisconsin offers to energize people and communities around these shared goals.”

Learn more about Healthy Wisconsin and the priority health issues at healthy.wisconsin.gov. Access additional information about the Wisconsin Health Improvement Planning Process (WI-HIPP), the process used to develop Healthy Wisconsin.